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Baptism is a Sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace given by God. In the Sacrament of Baptism, all who are gathered have the opportunity to experience afresh the reality of God’s grace, love and forgiveness. As you experience the Baptism of your child, you are reaffirming your own Baptismal Covenant. All who are gathered have the opportunity to renew their faith.
The original meaning of the word Christ is anointed one. Through Baptism we are anointed and become Christian members of the Church. The Sacrament of Baptism is rich with the symbols of our faith, each of them help us to make the connection between our life and the life of God.
The demanding task of being a parent is not something anyone can do alone. We need God’s help and the support of family and friends. Children learn the attitudes that their parents have about faith and God. In baptism, the gift of faith is like a seed planted in fertile soil. Your love, your teaching and your example are what are needed for growth.
The Sacrament of Baptism is generally celebrated once a month. Parents and Godparents (where possible) are required to attend an important Baptism preparation meeting in the Church.
Requirements for Baptism
The requirements for having your child baptized are simple: that at least one parent is in fact a practicing Catholic, and that you as parents have the honest intention and ability to raise your child as a practicing Catholic.
For the Baptism, your child will require at least one Godparent. To be chosen Godparent is a special honour. The role of the godparents is to help the child lead a Christian life. Therefore, the Godparent(s) must be Catholic, have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation, and be at least 16 years of age. They should be practicing Catholics who can act as models of the faith, who attend Mass and receive the sacraments of the Church.
Non-Catholic Christians cannot be a Godparent for a Catholic Baptism, but may act as a Christian witness. They will take a similar role in the baptismal ceremony.