Baptism of Infants

a wooden font on a grey stone plinth; the Paschal candle stands alongside

Any child up to the age of 7 can be presented for baptism as long as one parent/guardian is already a Catholic, or else a regular attender at our parish who is preparing to become a Catholic. (Children over 7 are usually mature enough to need their own preparation course, and would be prepared for First Communion together with baptism.)

Baptisms are generally celebrated at 2.15 on a Sunday afternoon and can be celebrated in any of the churches of our Pastorate. Alternatively, a baptism can be celebrated at the Sunday Mass you regularly attend.

If you regularly attend one of our churches and you’ve already had a child baptised, you can make a direct approach to Pastor Gareth, most easily by speaking to him at the end of Mass.

If you don’t attend Mass regularly, or you’ve never had a child baptised before, we would ask you to take part in one of our short Baptism Preparation courses. These are arranged regularly by Wendy Marsh, in venues across the Pastorate, according to demand. Please contact us to register your interest.

A date for your child’s baptism will not be finalised until you have completed the course. (It is only necessary for one parent to attend the course, but both are welcome – even if one is not Catholic – and if your chosen godparents are local, they would be very welcome to come, too.) If you are expecting your first child, you are very welcome to attend the course before childbirth.

In a baptism ceremony, parents make solemn promises to God that the child will be raised as a Catholic. What do those promises mean? In other words, what will be different about your child’s life because they are Catholic? Most parents understand that this includes teaching their child to be a “good person” – caring, considerate, putting themselves out for the needs of others. Of course, lots of other religions believe in this, too! So what makes us distinct as Catholics? It’s about a life which includes prayer, knowing Jesus as a person who loves us, and choosing to be part of a church family which gathers every week to do what Jesus asked us to do. For this reason, Catholic parishes run a Preparation Course for parents before they can make promises to raise their child as a Catholic.

If you live outside southern Rhondda Cynon Taf (our area goes as far north as the top ends of the Rhondda Valleys, Ynysybwl and Cilfynydd), please be aware that the permission of your local parish priest is needed for the baptism to take place here. Simply ask your own parish priest to contact us.

If you live in southern Rhondda Cynon Taf but wish to have your child baptised elsewhere, the parish priest there will need the permission of Pastor Gareth. The best time to see him to ask for this is at the end of one of the parish Masses.

A continuous livestream runs in All Hallows and in St Dyfrig’s, however the camera in All Hallows does not cover the font. A livestream can be activated on request in our Rhondda Churches.

There is no fee for attending the Baptism Preparation Course, nor for the celebration of any sacrament. It is customary to make an offering to the minister conducting the baptism, and a donation towards maintenance costs of the church. (If paying by cheque, the first is made out to the minister by name, and the second is payable to the parish by name, or if you are unsure of the correct name, the cheque can be made payable to “Archdiocese of Cardiff”.) Separate fees and booking arrangements apply if you wish to hire one of our church Halls for a reception afterwards.

Every child being presented for baptism must have one godparent who is a practicing Catholic (someone who attends Mass and receives Holy Communion regularly). Other baptised Christians (Catholics or other denominations) can be listed as witnesses alongside the practicing godmother and/or practicing godfather. Friends and relatives who are not baptised are welcome to stand alongside you as ‘honorary godparents’ at the ceremony but will not be listed on the baptism certificate.

When children are baptised, parents can expect to receive a copy of a baptism certificate in the post about 2 weeks later. If you need to order baptism certificates or other sacramental records, please contact us.

If you regularly attend one of our churches and you’ve already had a child baptised, you can make a direct approach to Pastor Gareth, most easily by speaking to him at the end of Mass.

If you don’t attend Mass regularly, or you’ve never had a child baptised before, we would ask you to take part in one of our short Baptism Preparation courses. These are arranged regularly by Wendy Marsh, in venues across the Pastorate, according to demand. Please contact us to register your interest.

A date for your child’s baptism will not be finalised until you have completed the course. (It is only necessary for one parent to attend the course, but both are welcome – even if one is not Catholic – and if your chosen godparents are local, they would be very welcome to come, too.) If you are expecting your first child, you are very welcome to attend the course before childbirth.

In a baptism ceremony, parents make solemn promises to God that the child will be raised as a Catholic. What do those promises mean? In other words, what will be different about your child’s life because they are Catholic? Most parents understand that this includes teaching their child to be a “good person” – caring, considerate, putting themselves out for the needs of others. Of course, lots of other religions believe in this, too! So what makes us distinct as Catholics? It’s about a life which includes prayer, knowing Jesus as a person who loves us, and choosing to be part of a church family which gathers every week to do what Jesus asked us to do. For this reason, Catholic parishes run a Preparation Course for parents before they can make promises to raise their child as a Catholic.

If you live outside southern Rhondda Cynon Taf (our area goes as far north as the top ends of the Rhondda Valleys, Ynysybwl and Cilfynydd), please be aware that the permission of your local parish priest is needed for the baptism to take place here. Simply ask your own parish priest to contact us.

If you live in southern Rhondda Cynon Taf but wish to have your child baptised elsewhere, the parish priest there will need the permission of Pastor Gareth. The best time to see him to ask for this is at the end of one of the parish Masses.

A continuous livestream runs in All Hallows and in St Dyfrig’s, however the camera in All Hallows does not cover the font. A livestream can be activated on request in our Rhondda Churches.

There is no fee for attending the Baptism Preparation Course, nor for the celebration of any sacrament. It is customary to make an offering to the minister conducting the baptism, and a donation towards maintenance costs of the church. (If paying by cheque, the first is made out to the minister by name, and the second is payable to the parish by name, or if you are unsure of the correct name, the cheque can be made payable to “Archdiocese of Cardiff”.) Separate fees and booking arrangements apply if you wish to hire one of our church Halls for a reception afterwards.

Every child being presented for baptism must have one godparent who is a practicing Catholic (someone who attends Mass and receives Holy Communion regularly). Other baptised Christians (Catholics or other denominations) can be listed as witnesses alongside the practicing godmother and/or practicing godfather. Friends and relatives who are not baptised are welcome to stand alongside you as ‘honorary godparents’ at the ceremony but will not be listed on the baptism certificate.

When children are baptised, parents can expect to receive a copy of a baptism certificate in the post about 2 weeks later. If you need to order baptism certificates or other sacramental records, please contact us.