We look forward to the big day and we ask the parish to keep them and their parents in prayer.
FAQ: What are the requirements for infant baptism?
Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin. Baptism is the sacrament of faith which has the Risen Christ as its source, and it is the offer of salvation for all people. Intimately linked to Confirmation and to Eucharist, Baptism is, with these two sacraments, Christian Initiation. The child is baptized in the faith of their parents, godparents and of the Church. (see Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213, 1263, 1265, 1267-1270; Code of Canon Law, c. 842, 849)
For a child to be baptised in the Catholic Church, there must be a basis for hope that the child will be raised in the Catholic faith. In practice, this generally means that at least one parent is Catholic.
Like many dioceses up and down the country, our Diocese requires parents to participate in Baptism preparation before the baptism of their children. We offer Baptism classes here at Saint Teresa’s. Each child brought forward must also have at least one godparent who is a Confirmed, practicing Catholic age 16 or older.
What are the requirements for Godparents?
When a parent chooses you as a Baptismal Sponsor (Godparent) that means you are thought of as a very special Catholic. Being called as a Godparent is not merely a choice because of family ties or a reward of friendship. The call to be a sponsor bears the responsibility of giving spiritual witness to your Godchild of how to live out the Catholic faith in everyday life. By being faithful to God’s law, being active in the life of your parish, participating in Holy Mass weekly, and living Gospel values, you offer tremendous personal support to the parents who commit themselves in Baptism to faithfully passing on the Catholic faith to their child.
Most children are blessed to have two Godparents one male (Godfather) and the other female (Godmother) – both practising Catholics.
Unmarried parents and parents not married in the church. Every parent is welcome to bring their child for baptism. Single mums, you have our full support, as do dads!
However, you must have the intention of teaching them the Catholic Faith.
Baptism at Saint Teresa’s takes place on:
Weekdays following the 10am Mass (so 11am)
Saturdays at 11am
Children 7 years or older must participate in the Parish First Holy Communion Program – which will lead to their First Confession and First Holy Communion.