Baptisms (christenings) and confirmations

It is our belief that God loves everyone unconditionally, and we therefore welcome all those living in the parish who bring their children for baptism. If people have a link with the parish, but live elsewhere now, we ask them to obtain the good will of their present parish priest before arranging a baptism at St Gregory’s.

Though God loves all unreservedly, he does want us to grow in understanding and faith, and so we will want to discuss with parents how they can help their child, and how the Church can help them too, to grow spiritually as they grow physically and mentally.

Baptisms normally take place during the 10am parish worship on a Sunday. If you have a particular reason why you would wish the service to take place at another time, we will be happy to discuss this with you.

Having been baptised, your child will begin an amazing journey of faith, with the support of the Church, you and his or her godparents.. Sometimes, seeing someone else baptised, deciding to have your own child baptised or being asked to be a godparent, can make you to think about your own journey of faith. If you were not baptized as a young child, you may be deciding now as an adult or teenager to make this commitment. Whatever leads you to this point, baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of your life, and we are always ready to discuss baptism with people of any age. 

Confirmation is the service when you confirm the promises that were made on your behalf by your parents and godparents when you were baptised.  The local bishop will lay their hands on your head and ask for God's Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment to live God's way for the rest of your life.

Enquiries about baptisms and confirmations should be directed to Rev Gaenor Hockey.