Infant Baptisms

Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your child and thank you for enquiring about baptism. We hope the following will provide some initial information that will assist you and answer the majority of your questions.

Is either parent a baptised Roman Catholic?
In order to have your child baptised, at least one of the parents must be baptised Roman Catholic.

Have you established a regular or frequent pattern of attendance at Sunday Mass? 
In agreeing to baptise your son or daughter the church asks that there be a realistic hope of the child being raised in the Catholic religion (Canon 868 s.2). At the heart of that religion is the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist or Mass which Catholics are expected to attend Sunday by Sunday. In asking to have your child baptised we ask that you seriously consider the commitment that is being asked of both you and your child’s godparents in presenting your child for baptism.

Would you like your child to be baptised in St Alban and St Stephen parish?
If you live within the parish of St Alban & St Stephen or habitually worship here (i.e. you attend Mass here more Sundays than not) then it should be possible to baptise your child here. You may, if you live outside of the parish, be asked to obtain a letter of permission from the parish priest of the parish in which you live.

If you live in another parish or do not habitually attend Mass at St Alban & St Stephen, you should approach the parish priest of the parish in which you live or habitually worship about the baptism of your child. If there is a compelling pastoral reason as to why your child should be baptised here at St Alban & St Stephen you will need a letter from the parish priest of the parish in which you live confirming that you are a practicing Catholic, have completed the Baptism Preparation Programme offered by that parish, and that he is happy for your child to be baptised at St Alban & St Stephen.

Would you like your child to be baptised elsewhere?
If you live in the parish of St Alban & St Stephen, but wish to have your child baptised elsewhere, perhaps because your child is to be baptised in one or other of your ‘home’ parishes, please approach Fr Michael for a letter of permission. In such instances we would be very happy for you to complete the preparation course here at St Alban & St Stephen.

What is required in terms of preparation for baptism?
If you have not already completed one, we ask parents or guardians to complete a short Baptism Preparation Course, before or after their child is born. To register for a baptism preparation course, please complete the attached Baptism Preparation Course Form and return it to Fr Jonathan at jonstogdon@rcdow.org.uk or via The Presbytery, 14 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3RB.

What does the Baptism Preparation Course involve?
The Baptism Preparation Course here at St Alban & St Stephen currently consists of a single Saturday morning session which lasts for between 1.5 and 2 hours.

What are the Baptism Preparation Course dates for 2021/22?
The Baptism Preparation Course is held in the Sacred Heart Centre which is located towards the rear of the Church and behind the Presbytery. In 2021/2022 the courses are due to run as follows:

  • Saturday 30 October 2021 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 4 December 2021 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 26 February 2022 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 16 April 2022 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 25 June 2022 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 6 August 2022 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 29 October 2022 at 11.30am
  • Saturday 3 December 2022 at 11.30am

What is the process for arranging a date for baptism?
Once you have completed a Baptism Preparation Course, or if you have already completed one for an older child, please complete the attached Baptism Registration Form and return it to Fr Jonathan by emailing him at jonstogdon@rcdow.org.uk or via the Presbytery at 14 Beaconsfield Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3RB. One of the parish team will then contact you to discuss the next steps in arranging a date for your child’s baptism. 

 If you have any further questions, please get in contact with us by phoning the parish office on 01727 853585 or by emailing stalbans@rcdow.org.uk.

Baptism Registration FormBaptism Preparation Course Form