The Sacrament of Baptism

Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children 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 and the word.

The sacrament of Baptism is a serious matter and needs careful thought and preparation. The rite itself is quite explicit about the role and responsibility of parents who wish to bring their child into the family of the church through Baptism. In asking to have your child baptised you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring up your child to keep God’s commandments, as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour.

Arranging your Baptism

To have your child baptised in one of the above churches you must live within the boundaries of that parish.

One of the child’s parents must be a practising Roman Catholic.

You are requested to attend one of our Baptism Catechesis Programmes before the Baptism of your child – please see below for details.

The Parish Priest must be satisfied that the parents have a clear understanding of their responsibilities in having their child baptised into the Catholic Church.

It is customary to make an offering on the occasion of Baptism.

The Godparents must be baptised Christians with at least one of them being a practising, confirmed Roman Catholic. (Note: Godparents must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptised on the road to Christian life. Godparents are invited to join you in attending the Baptism course. Only two names of godparents are recorded in the Baptismal register.)

Baptisms take place on Saturdays at 12 noon or Sunday after Mass in the Holy Spirit church.

In the church of Our Lady of Grace, Cotgrave, Baptisms take place during 11am Sunday Mass or after Mass. We also have Baptisms at St Anne’s church, Radcliffe, and St Margaret Clitherow, Keyworth.

Baptism Form

Please complete the Baptism-Form-2022Download

Feel free to download a Baptism form and email it to the Parish Administrator if you would like your child baptized.


Baptism Catechesis Programmes

Before the Baptism of your child, we ask that you attend a meeting to prepare for the sacrament. The meeting is informal & relaxed and is run by young parishioners who are parents themselves. Godparents are very welcome to attend the meeting with you if they wish. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to explore the significance of Baptism and the chance to meet other parents whose children are to be baptised around the same time as your own.

You can attend the meeting before or after the birth of your baby. If you come along after the birth you are very welcome to bring the baby with you but we ask that you do not bring other children along. The meeting usually takes place in the Parish Presbytery. New Baptism course dates and times are TBC.

Currently, there are no Baptism courses at the moment . New Baptism Courses will start this Autumn, please contact the Parish office for further information. Email: