St Francis of Assisi Parish

Baptism – The Sacrament of Belonging


At the heart of life in our parish, and indeed the Church, is the sacrament of Baptism. It is through this gift from God that we are united with each other and with our Lord. This is how we become members of the body of Christ.

We are delighted that you wish to have your child baptised at Mairehau parish. In undertaking this, parents accept the responsibility of training their children in the practice of the faith, as well as ensuring they are brought up to keep God’s commandments, as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour.

We have a process for how we baptise children at Mairehau parish. All parents and godparents are asked to attend a Baptism class in preparation for celebrating this wonderful event. It is important that parents and godparents understand the teaching of the Church and the significance for the child of this special sacrament.

The baptism ceremony is usually celebrated after the 10.30am Mass on the last Sunday of the month. As Baptism is a celebration of your child’s entry into membership of the Catholic Church, it is good to celebrate this sacrament together with other families who themselves have children to be baptised and the wider community of the parish who will also support the family as they go about raising their children in the ways of God.

Please download and complete a Baptism Information Form and hand it to one of the priests. Copies of this form are also available in the church foyer.


  • If you live outside our parish boundary and do not worship at Mairehau, you should have your child baptised in the parish where you live. Contact your local parish priest.
  • If you were once a parishioner here and are coming back to Mairehau (e.g. for Christmas or holidays) and wish to have your child baptised, please obtain a letter of permission from your parish for the baptism to be celebrated here. Forward this to us in good time before you arrive.

Becoming a Catholic

For adults wishing to be baptised the parish from time to time runs the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programme. This course of instruction consists of a series of weekly meetings usually over a nine month period. The adult enquirer should be regularly attending Sunday Mass for at least twelve months prior to beginning this course.
The programme is designed to provide understanding and insight into the faith and practice of the Church. Adult Baptism is usually performed at the Easter Vigil.