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Parish Information

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on Sundays at 1 pm.

Baptismal Course is mandatory if this is your for your first child for Baptism. You don’t have to attend it again if you request Baptism for your second or third child. Our course is offered every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Please contact the parish office to book the Baptism and/or Baptismal Course.

If you are not a member of this parish, a permission letter from the pastor of your parish is required.

It is recommended that both the parents and godparents come spiritually prepared on the day of the baptism, having recently received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Conditions for Children’s Baptism

At least one of the parents must be Catholic and give their consent to the baptism.

There must be reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic faith.

Both the parents and the godparents of the child to be baptized should be instructed on the meaning and the obligations of the sacrament.

Choosing Godparents

Ideally, there should be one male and one female, although if two are not available, one will suffice. Some cultures prefer to have many godparents. While this is an acceptable cultural practice, the church recognizes only one male and one female ‘official’ godparent.

Godparent Qualifications

The godparents must be baptized and confirmed Catholics who are in good standing with the Church. They should be aware of their responsibilities and have every intention of fulfilling their role.

The godparents must be at least sixteen years old.

The mother or father of the child is not permitted to be a godparent.
A baptized non-Catholic Christian may participate as a witness to the baptism, but not as a godparent.

One godparent, male or female, is sufficient. A maximum of two godparents is allowed – one male and one female.

John 6:52-53

Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.

St. Angela of Foligno

This Sacrament really contains You, O my God, You whom the angels adore, in whose presence the spirits and mighty powers tremble. Oh! if we could only see You clearly as they do, with what reverence would we approach this sacrament, with what humility would we receive You.

John 6:54

He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Section 1213
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”

Section 1272
Incorporated into Christ by Baptism, the person baptized is configured to Christ. Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.