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 See here for further information on preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism in our parish

 

The Sacrament of Baptism

Through Baptism the individual is cleansed from Original Sin, made a child of God, a follower of Christ and a member of His Church. At Baptism God shares His Life and His Love which humanity lost through the sin of Adam and Eve-Original Sin. Baptism in our Church marks and honours the person as a temple of the Holy Spirit and a Christian by faith, a Catholic by tradition. It blesses the person with many honours and with obligations.

When is Baptism celebrated?

Here in our parish the sacrament is celebrated usually on a Sunday. You may have the baptism during the Sunday Mass at 10am. Or it can be celebrated at a time in the afternoon around 2pm. A booking request form is available at the back of Church, once completed please return it to the parish office. You will then be contacted to confirm a date and time.

Baptisms of children from another parish will be catered for when accompanied by a written blessing from their own parish priest.

Parents will be invited to take part in some kind of preparation before the actual celebration of the Sacrament. If possible the godparents will be too.

How is Baptism administered?

After the parents and godparents have expressed their belief in the Christian faith, the minister will administer the sacrament by the pouring of water on the head of the candidate and saying at the same time:
‘I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’
This takes place during a Baptism ceremony when after being welcomed by the sign of the cross at the church door, listening to the holy scriptures and word or two from the minister, the individual will be anointed for strengthening with the Oil of Baptism and honoured with the anointing with Chrism. As well as the symbolism of the holy oils, a white garment is given as is a candle lit from the great Paschal Candle. The parents and godparents are given the responsibility to keep that light for the child until they are old enough to confirm it themselves through the sacrament of Confirmation.

 

Priests or deacons administer Baptism, though in a case of necessity anyone may baptise using the formula above.

Who can be a godparent?

If you are having only one godparent, that person must be a Baptised, Confirmed church attending Roman Catholic adult (aged 16+) who has received their first holy communion. If you wish to share the honour of being a godparent, you may choose other adults who will honour their commitment to support you in bringing your child up
in the practice of the christian faith. They may come from other denominations or indeed other faith communities. Their main task is to support your decision as parents to share your christian faith with your child.

What do we promise in Baptism?

We promise in Baptism to bring the candidate up in the practice of the faith, we reject the devil and promise to avoid all that is evil. We profess our belief in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and we pledge ourselves to live our lives according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church.

How do infants make these promises?

When infants are baptised they are unable to answer for themselves, so their parents and ‘godparents’ make the promises on their behalf. This is a very serious step to take on behalf of an infant. Parents and godparents should be aware of the solemnity of their promises.

Is Baptism necessary for salvation?

Baptism is necessary for salvation, because Jesus Christ said: ‘ Unless you are born again of water and the Holy Spirit, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.’ However, those who genuinely desire Baptism or who suffer death for their Christian faith, but die before they can receive the Sacrament, are said to have received ‘Baptism of desire’ or ‘Baptism of blood’. As for those who are not baptised before they die, we commend them in our prayers to the infinite mercy of God.