By Appointment with Priest.
Congratulations on the birth of your child. The Parish shares in your joy. Thank you for wanting to have your baby join the family of the Church through Baptism. By asking to have your baby baptised, you are thanking God for His gift to you and making a commitment to bring up your child in the Christian faith.
Things you need to do:
will need to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate with you.
This is used when entering the child's name and other details in the
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
The sacrament of Baptism is the foundation of, and the initial step into, the Christian life. It is the first of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Along with the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, it makes up the sacraments of Christian Initiation.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the word baptism comes from the Greek baptizein, which means to "plunge" or "immerse" into water. Through the sacrament of Baptism we are freed from original sin, reborn as a child of God, become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the family of the Catholic Church. (CCC 1213)
Baptism is a gift from God. We use water which is a universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is through the waters of Baptism that we receive new life in Christ.
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ." -- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279 page.
The Baptism Ceremony
The priest will trace the cross on the forehead of
your baby and invite the parents and godparents to do the same. The cross is a
reminder of the love of Christ who gave his life for his friends.
The word of God is proclaimed. We encourage a member of the family to read the reading and prayers of the faithful. The celebrant asks the
parents what they want for the child. You reply "Baptism ".
The priest pours water over the head of your baby and says
"I baptise you in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
This is for cleansing and is a sign that
our sins are washed away. Baptism cleanses us of original sin with which we are
We have the oil of Chrism and also the Oil of cathecuman a sign of the Holy Spirit and helping us learn
the ways of the Lord.
As a sign of the new life a Baptismal
candle will be lit using the flame from the Easter Candle which symbolises
the light of Christ - the Light of the World.
Clothing in a
white garment is part of the ceremony to symbolise your child’s new life in
Christ. Your family might have
a Christening gown
that you want to use or a shawl. If you want to use this, then let the
priest know beforehand. You might like to use a baptismal gown, either a
white stole, a
white scapular or a white bib - perhaps one that you have made and
sign of a cross. The colour white speaks of life, purity, newness and innocence.
It is also a sign of the new life of