The Catholic Church requires all parents to undertake a Preparation before the Baptism of their children. In St Francis Xavier’s this takes the form of a one hour session usually on the last Friday of the month in the Parish Centre, beginning at 7.00pm.
The parents before attending the session fill out an application form which is available from the Sacristy after Mass on the weekends. This form has to be signed by the Birth parents stating there is no restriction on the baptism and must be accompanied by a copy of the Birth Certificate of the child being baptised. The Catholic parents(s) are also required to produce a Baptismal Certificate. The certificate is available from the church in which the baptism took place.
Children of the age of eight and above have to undergo a period of preparation before they are baptised.