The word and the gesture of ‘”Ephphatha” are included in the Rite of Baptism, as one of the signs that explain its meaning: the priest touching the mouth and ears of the newly baptised says: “Ephphatha,” praying that they may soon hear the Word of God and profess the faith. Through Baptism, the human person begins, so to speak, to “breathe” the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus had invoked from Father with that deep breath, to heal the deaf and dumb man.
Pope Benedict XVI
September 9, 2012
Baptism Preparation Programme
At St Bede’s we welcome parents who wish to enrol their child for Baptism.
The Baptism Group are here to support parents and families as they prepare to give their child the greatest gift, the Sacrament of Baptism.
When children are baptised they become a member of God’s family and they begin their spiritual journey.
What do I do if I want to arrange a Baptism for my child?
Speak to Father Michael or Brenda Hardacre after mass or ring. Father Michael on 01772335209 or Brenda on 07870 312420.
What happens then?
You will be asked to join the next Baptism Programme. We run these programmes three times a year, January, April and September.
You will be asked to attend 10.30 am mass on three consecutive Sundays followed by a cup of coffee and a short meeting in the Parish centre.
The Baptism Programme
During mass you will be presented with a family bible. We reflect upon the mass and have a chat about our own baptisms. We then look at our bible and think about how we can begin to prepare for our child’s baptism.
Following mass, we reflect upon words and images during the celebration. We then think
about how we will tell our children about God and Jesus and read a passage from scripture.
Following mass we reflect upon the words an images during the celebration. We then look at the words ‘do this in memory of me’ and how we will help our children by word and example.
We will then finalise the date for your child’s Baptism and chat about what will happen on the day. Most Baptisms take place during and after a 10.30. am mass of your choice.
Who should attend the Baptism Programme?
Ideally both parents should attend for the three week programme but if this is not possible, another family member may be invited.
What about my other child/children?
We usually have an activity table set up for children and one of our group will be on hand to help you while you paricipate in the programme.
What if my baby needs feeding during the celebration?
No problem. If you need a bottle heating up, just let us know.
How many godparents should I have?
It is recommended that you have two godparents, however you may have more than this but only two names are entered onto the Baptism Certificate. It is important to choose godparents who are Catholic and are able to support you and your child.
Changes in the way we celebrate Sacraments
In recent years in the Archdiocese of Liverpool, most Catholics have been baptised as babies, made their First Communion around age seven and been confirmed as teenagers. These three sacraments make up the process of belonging to the Church (called Christian Initiation). The sacraments weren’t always in that order, and adults preparing for initiation have always received them in the original order: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist (Communion).
From September 2012 in this Archdiocese, children who have been baptised will follow that same order. Those aged eight by the first of September 2012 will be invited to receive Confirmation and First Communion in the days between Ascension Sunday and the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) in 2013, and the same pattern will be followed each year after that.
The families of these children will be invited to explore and celebrate Reconciliation with them during Advent each year, while teenagers and their families will be invited to explore and celebrate Reconciliation during Lent each year.
The bishops will preside at some of the celebrations of Confirmation and Communion (with priests delegated to confirm at the other celebrations) and at some of the celebrations of Reconciliation with teenagers and their families.
At the same time the way children are prepared for these sacraments will change. Instead of teachers, catechists and priests teaching children and parents about the sacraments, they will help the parents to hand on their own faith to their children, fulfilling the privileges and responsibilities expressed in the Rite of Baptism. New resources will help parents to prepare their own children for these sacraments with the support of the local church community.
These changes are meant to help us understand that sacraments are gifts of God’s grace, that parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith, and that we are all called to get to know Jesus better throughout our life’s journey.
St Bede’s Baptism Preparation.