Christ's charge to Peter

St Peter's, Hatfield

St Peter's Catholic Church,
Bishop's Rise, Hatfield, Hertfordshire. AL10 9HN



The Baptism of Children

In having children baptised, we follow the teaching of Christ Our Lord and the ancient practice of the Church. Due to the importance of Baptism, the Church teaches that parents should have their children baptised “within the first few weeks” after their birth.


A sacrament

Baptism is much more than a “naming ceremony”, a blessing for the baby or the excuse for a party. Baptism is a sacrament founded by Christ Himself. All sacraments are the action of Jesus Christ in His Church. They are the outward sign of inward grace, bringing us God’s spiritual help we need to live our lives as we ought.

In Baptism :


Your duties

At the Baptism the parents promise to bring their child up in the practice of the faith. This means :



There are a number of things you need to do before the Baptism.


The Ceremony

At St. Peter’s, Baptisms usually take place on Sunday afternoons and can be within Mass. The service lasts less than 30 minutes. The priest will explain the various rites of the Baptism. You need to bring a white shawl. The church will provide the baptismal candle, which is a sign of the resurrection of Jesus. Your family and friends, whether Catholic or not, are very welcome to attend the Baptism.



There is no charge for Baptism in the Catholic Church. However, if you can afford to, it is customary to make an offering to the Church. This can be given in an envelope to the priest on the day of the Baptism.


The Baptism of Adults

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