Becoming part of the family of the Church
A Reason to Rejoice! Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.
We encourage our parish families to present their newborn infants for the Sacrament of Baptism soon after birth, because this sacrament is the foundation of the Christian life. In Baptism the child, freed from original sin, becomes an heir to the Kingdom of God, receiving the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Please contact the presbytery to register for Baptism. A baptismal course is required for parents of their first child to be baptised. Godparents are welcome to attend the class. Baptisms usually take place after Holy Mass on Sunday mornings.
It is common to ask all sorts of friends and relatives to be Godparents to your child and there are many reasons for this. The Godparents, however, are there to represent the whole Church community into which your child is being Baptised. They make promises on their own behalf as part of the Church, that they will take seriously their responsibility to help your child grow in the knowledge and love of God. This is an important promise. It makes sense therefore to insist that one of your chosen Godparents should be a baptised and practising Catholic.
As parents you have the great privilege – and responsibility – of bringing up your child and helping that child to grow to become a mature and independent person.
For further information please speak to Father Cahill.