Baptism is not simply a “naming ceremony” or even just a blessing for a new baby. It is the beginning of the Christian life and the gateway to eternal life. Because of this, the sacrament of Baptism is taken very seriously in the Church.
We believe that Baptism is a sacrament, an action of Jesus Christ in his Church. A sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace, instituted by Jesus Christ. By the carrying out of the sacramental rite, grace is given to the soul of the person who received the sacrament.
In this sacrament, Jesus Christ forgives original sin and opens the gates of heaven for us.
He welcomes us into his Church and makes us the sons and daughters of God.
The ceremony of Baptism assumes a well-founded hope that you will bring your child up in the practice of the faith. This means
- You teach your child to pray.
- You teach your child to lead a good Christian life.
- You come to Mass on Sundays.
- You teach your child the Catholic faith.