Baptism - Introduction
Welcome to the Baptism preparation programme.
It is our sincere hope that the programme we have put together will help to make this joyous event truly meaningful for you?
Baptism is truly the most precious gift children receive as they come into the world to begin their life journey. This is a perfect opportunity for parents to deepen their understanding of their own Baptism.
We have put together this small pack in order to make it easier for you to prepare for your child’s Baptism at home, at a time convenient for you. There are five parts to this pack. Part 4 refers to the Godparents you have chosen for your child. Of course it would be even better if the Godparents could give time to going through the whole of the four parts with you, but that may not be possible.
Baptism: Part 1 - A general introduction to the Sacraments
Meeting Jesus Today
At the very heart of Catholic Christianity is the idea that God gives himself to us through human signs and symbols, actions and gestures.
Yes God works mysteriously and invisibly, but he does so in a way suited to us as human beings. Sacraments are about meeting God in a truly human way.
Baptism: Part 2 - Prayerful reflection upon the Sacrament of Baptism
Introduction (to the reader)
This text is meant to be approached as a “meditation”, not a talk. The pauses are deliberate and are important. They give time for you to listen to the movement of the Holy Spirit speaking to you in the depth of your heart.
Your Sacramental Life
As children many of us were required to learn by heart, from the Catechism, that a “Sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace.” This definition didn’t mean a whole lot to us then and standing on its own, it really wouldn’t now.
Baptism: Part 3 - The meaning of the prayers and symbolic actions of the Service
Being a parent brings out the very best that is in us. We would willingly lay down our lives for our children and probably spend far too much time worrying about their future! As parents, you really want the very best in life for your child; that is why you are asking for your child to receive the Sacrament of Baptism.
Baptism: Part 4 - For your child's Godparents
Choosing Godparents for your baby can be a sensitive matter! It is a great honour to be asked to be a Godparent. When you ask someone to take on this responsibility you are inviting that person to share the life of your family in a very special and important way.
Baptism: Part 5 - Questions People Ask
“My husband’s family are not Catholics but he would very much like his sister to be Godmother to our baby son. Is this allowed?”
Godparents go back to the days when most adult converts to the Christian faith had no Christian parents. Godparents spoke up for the baptised person and, if necessary helped him or her to grow in the faith. Today, in the vast majority of infant baptisms, these tasks belong primarily to parents.