The Roman Catholic Church considers infant baptism so important that parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptized within the first few weeks and, if the infant is in danger of death, it is to be baptized without any delay.” The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is an explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole ‘households’ received baptism, infants may also have been baptized”. Infant baptism is seen as showing very clearly that salvation is an unmerited favour from God, not the fruit of human effort. Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called.
The parents ask for the baptism of the child. In doing so, parents who are themselves baptized acknowledge taking on the responsibilities of training the child in the practice of the faith and bringing up their child in the ways of Christ. This includes:
Non-Catholic parents who give their consent for baptism do not need to do anything that is against their religious or personal beliefs. Nevertheless, they are invited:
** Please note that this applies to those who have Non- Catholic spouses. At least one parent still is required to be a baptized and practicing Catholic. The Baptism of Children is essentially an extension of the faith professed and practiced by their parent(s).
Godparents have two important functions:
Parents may choose up to two official Godparents. Both Godparents must be practicing members of the Catholic Church and over the age of 16. Godparents should be chosen with care. They should be persons who will be an example to your child of what it means to follow Jesus. Godparents should fully understand and accept the responsibility that they are undertaking.
APPLICATION FOR BAPTISM
If you wish to have your child baptized, please follow these steps for application:
|For more information, forms and to reserve a date for baptism please email firstname.lastname@example.org.|
APPLICATION FORM FOR INFANT BAPTISM