According to canon law, “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptised within the first few weeks. As soon as possible after the birth, indeed even before it, they are encouraged to approach the parish priest to ask for the sacrament for their child, and to be themselves duly prepared for it” (CIC can. 867 §1).
Those wishing to have their child baptised should contact the Parish Office and ask to make an appointment with the parish priest. All subsequent meeting, bookings and arrangements will be done through him. It will be necessary to meet with the priest for a class on the sacrament of baptism.
Normally baptisms take place in the parish where a family is resident. If you do not live within the territorial boundaries of the Sacred Heart parish but have a good reason for wanting to have your child baptised here then please explain that to the priest.
In such cases your own parish priest will need to give permission for the baptism to take place at the Sacred Heart Church.
The choice of godparents (sponsors), who are to help the baptised to live a good Christian life and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism, is an important one. One godparent, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be no more than two godparents, one of each sex. A godparent must be a Catholic of not less than sixteen years of age, who has been confirmed and who lives a life of faith that befits the role to be undertaken.
Parish Office Hours
It is preferable to come to the Parish Office in person rather than to telephone.
Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am-12.00pm