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Preparation for Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua),4 and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213

Preparation for Baptism 

In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, arrangements for baptism are obviously limited (at six persons max – by rule of the UK government) at present at St John Vianney & St Monica’s and St Cuthbert’s parishes, Blackpool and all other parishes in England and Wales.

First of all; because Baptism is so important arrangements for baptisms are not made by telephone or by email or by calling to the presbytery. Instead, parents are asked to collect a leaflet (with a form) from the priest in the sacristy after they have attended Sunday Mass. This leaflet has all the information necessary about preparing well to celebrate your child’s baptism.  Please read this leaflet carefully and bring the completed form accompanying it (with requested dates) to the (next) baptism preparation meeting.


The Catholic Parishes of St John Vianney & St Monica and St Cuthbert’s, Blackpool share a common and mandatory baptismal policy which expresses how our faith communities desire to ensure this sacrament is a gateway to a life of commitment to practising the Christian Faith.

Thus, our policy involves a compulsory preparation session with Fr Etienne. This preparation is primarily intended for parents.

An integral part of our policy is the expectation that parents/guardians will join with our parish communities for the regularly Sunday celebration of Mass.

The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated at St John Vianney’s church after the Sunday 11.00am Mass (so at 12.30pm) and at St Cuthbert’s on Sunday at 11.30am.

Please come to the preparation meeting with a number of options for the possible date of the Baptism. We can have quite a number of Baptisms, but we do not usually have more than two at one time, so we do need parents to be flexible with other families involved. We usually confirm the date at the meeting when all families are present preparing for Baptism at the same time. 

Do please remember that, as Catholics, we go to Mass on Sundays. Do make yourself more familiar with the parish by attending Mass and parish events.  We would be delighted to have you with us.

"Parents, you have asked to have your child baptised. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring her up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?"
The Baptismal Rite