The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the three sacraments of initiation, is also the first of the seven sacraments in the Catholic Church. It removes the guilt and effects of original sin and incorporates the baptized into the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ on earth.
From the Catholic Catechism on Baptism
1275 Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.
1276 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” ( Mt 28:19-20).
1277 Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord’s will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.
1278 The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
1279 The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.
1280 Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated (cf. DS 1609 and DS 1624).
1281 Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, are saved even if they have not been baptized (cf. LG 16).
1282 Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom.
1283 With respect to children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God’s mercy and to pray for their salvation.
1284 In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pours water on the candidate’s head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- The parents must be registered in St. Anne parish.
- The parents must fill in a baptism form and go through the small Christian community and be signed by chairperson or his/her assistant.
- Parents need to inform the parish office at least one month before baptism
- Parents are required to attend the baptism seminar at St. Anne’s parish which it will be organized by the parish before baptism.
- Parents select a good practicing catholic to serve as the child’s godparent.
- Parents have to pay for baptism card.
- Only a catholic can be a godparent sponsoring a child into the Catholic Church.
God Parents – before baptism
- Godparents must be practicing Catholic and in good standing.
- A letter from their parish priest shows that he/she is in good practicing Christian if you from other church.
- Godparents are required to attend the baptism seminar, preferably with the parents of the child in the parish.
- God parent must be above 16 years old.
- Godparents are very important part of this Sacrament. In the sacrament, parents accept a commission to bring up their child in faith.
- The godparents have the responsibility to help the parents to raise the child in faith as they promise the time of baptism.
- Since the role of the godparents is to be a presence, specifically a spiritual presence, in a child’s life. Before you pick up your godparent for your child consider the following:
- Does this person practice faith?
- Is the person living a life you can respect?
- Can she/he be a good example to your child.
- After baptism will she/he remains in contact with your child or family
- Will he/she be able to assist your child in her/his spiritual journey?
NB. If you are going to have your child baptized at another Catholic church, you will need all of the above items, plus a letter from your parish priest giving permission to have your child baptized in another parish.
Parents coming from another Catholic Church before the baptism of your child, you need:
- A letter from their priest stating the parents are active and in good standing with the church in which the priest gives permission that the child can be baptized at. St. Anne church.