Baptism is a precious gift given by God through the Church. As parents you have the privilege of presenting your child to receive this gift, a gift that will last a lifetime and beyond. Baptism is the gift of new life, the eternal life of our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ.
This gift is a sacrament, an encounter with Christ himself, it is the moment he comes to us through the power of the Holy Spirit and acts within us.
If you live in St Francis’ Parish (see Parish Boundary Map) or regularly attend Mass at St Francis Church or St. Luke’s Chapel, Preston Hall, you may have your child baptised in this parish. If you live in another parish, you should approach the Parish Priest of that parish.
Please fill in the Baptism Contact Form and then our Baptism coordinator will send you an application form via email.
We will also send you a leaflet that looks at the Sacrament of Baptism and contains guidance and reflections on why you wish to have your child Baptised and what the Church teaches about Baptism. There is also a link to a video by Bishop Robert Barron with some teaching on Baptism that you need to watch.
Once you have done this, please fully complete the application form we sent you, including your preferred Baptism dates and then return it to the coordinator via email.
We thank you for requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for your child as we always delight in welcoming new members into the Church community and we are sure you will find the material we send you both helpful and encouraging.
First Communion & Reconciliation
Please note that applications are now closed for this year’s programme (2019/20)
Our Confirmation programme is organised in conjunction with the parishes of St. Peter’s Bearsted, Holy Family, Park Wood, and St Thomas More, West Malling. Confirmations usually take place in October.
Our programme for 2019 has now closed.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Each year a programme is run for adults who wish to be baptised into the Catholic Church or who have already been baptised outside the Catholic Church and now wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church. Informal meetings are held weekly. For those who wish to be baptised or received into the Church, this will normally take place during the Easter Vigil.
Couples who wish to be married in the church should make an appointment to see the parish priest as soon as is practicable to arrange the date for the wedding and to make the necessary arrangements. They will be expected to undertake a course in preparation for the marriage which will help them to understand the Church’s teaching on marriage and the responsibilities they are taking on in Christian marriage.