BAPTISING YOUR BABY
Baptism is the beginning of the journey of faith for your child. Through baptism, your child will receive the Holy Spirit and become a disciple, a follower of Christ and a member of God’s family, the Church. It is your responsibility as the child’s parents to be the role models for your child on this journey of faith. This is why we have a special program to prepare the parents and godparents and to help them raise their consciousness about this important responsibility that God has entrusted to them.
Parents should see to it that their children are baptised within a reasonable period after birth. Arrangements for baptism should be made as soon as possible after birth, or even before the birth of the child.
REQUIREMENTS FOR BAPTISM
For parents: At least one parent must be a Catholic and both parents must be willing to raise the child in the Catholic faith.
For Godparents: Godparents are individuals who should be part of the life of the child and are willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in learning and living the Catholic faith through their own example.
Usually a godfather and a godmother are chosen for each child to be baptised. However, you may also choose to have only one godparent. The godparents should be at least 16 years of age, baptised and confirmed Catholics, who have received their first communion, are practising their faith, and if married, must be married in the Catholic Church.