Baptism

Organising a Baptism

Organising a Baptism

When it comes to organising your child's Baptism, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming! Where do you start and how can you remember everything you need to do? Select a Church Visit possible locations or congregations where you might want to hold the baptism. Consider factors such as how the congregation’s style and beliefs fit in with yours, as well as if the size can accommodate the number of people you want to attend. Find a church at least a few months in advance so you can get to know the congregation and it can get to know you....

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The Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism

The Catholic Sacraments The significant events in the lives of Catholics are celebrated within the community of the Church. These sacred moments are celebrated as sacraments. We address the sacred moments of initiation into the people of God, through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. A couple enter into a union, a communion, in Marriage. There is a sacred moment of a person's dying, with the anointing of the sick and the celebration of his life in the funeral liturgy. The Sacraments are: Vocation Baptism Eucharist Reconciliation Marriage Anointing of the Sick Funeral Rites   The Sacrament of Baptism...

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Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism

Baptism is the introduction of a person into the Church community. Through the waters of Baptism the person enters into the life of God - Father, Son and Spirit. He or she is dedicated to God and all that is good. If you want to have your baby baptised, the first step is to go and see your parish priest or the pastoral associate. It's best to telephone to make an appointment first rather than try and catch the priest at the end of Mass. You may be asked to come along and talk about the meaning of baptism and...

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Adult Baptism

Adult Baptism

If you are an adult who has not been baptised a Christian, but are thinking about becoming a Catholic, then the first step is to go to the local church and ask how they go about receiving people into the Church. Most churches are delighted to welcome new people into their church. You will probably be asked to participate in instructions. Sometimes the priest does this himself; some churches have a programme - the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. - to prepare people for baptism.  Joining the Community When you ask for Baptism you are asking to...

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The Day of Baptism - The Baptismal Ceremony

The Day of Baptism - The Baptismal Ceremony

Following careful thought and preparation you bring your baby to church to ask for Baptism. It is a public sign of your own faith and trust in God's Love. The ceremonies of Baptism speak powerfully of this love and as you follow the service by joining in the prayers and responses you are drawn deeper into God's Love. Welcoming - "When two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them." The ceremony begins with a warm welcome to you and your family from the priest on behalf of the Christian community - the Church. He asks what name...

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