Baptism

Bringing new life into the world is one of the greatest miracles of life. It brings with it so many joys and blessings. It also brings many responsibilities. The love you have for your baby is part of the love God has. In the Sacrament of Baptism, God shows this love. Through this sacrament, your child will become in a very special way, God's own child and part of the family of the Church.

 At the beginning of the Baptism ceremony, parents are asked this important question. "You have asked to have your child baptised. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him (her) in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him (her) up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving our neighbour. Do you understand what you are doing?"

You make this promise to God on behalf of your child. It requires commitment. You are responsible for taking your child to Mass, teaching him/her to pray and by your example and teaching showing him/her the difference between right and wrong etc. It will also be important to think how you can support the parish community.

You must think carefully of your choice of Godparents. Godparents represent the family of the Church. Therefore they should be Catholics who have been baptised, confirmed and received Holy Communion. They must be over 16 years old and be practising Catholics. At least one Godparent must be a practising Catholic, although you may invite others to be 'Christian witnesses'.

 

The Symbols of Baptism Celebration:-

The Sign of the Cross- is the mark of Christ on the person owned by God.

Water- we are baptised into Christ's death and resurrection, so we are 'buried' in the water to rise tonew life.

Chrism Oil- we 'christen' the child to make them like Christ - to have His strength.

The White Garment- is a sign of innocence and the beginning of new Life in Christ(Please bring a white shawl or suitable garment to the Baptism)

The Baptismal Candle -is lit from the Easter Candle that proclaims Jesus is risen, and so may this child walk in the light of Christ all her/his life.  (Make sure you purchase a Baptismal Candle before the day of Baptism)

If you would like a member of the family to read from the Scripture or the intercessions please let the Priest/Deacon know.

Please remember this is a special occasion for each child and family. Please make it special through your quiet and prayerful participation in the ceremony.