The Sacrament of Baptism
There are seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church which are essential for salvation and living the life that Christ intended us to live. Of these seven, there are three important Sacraments that initiate an individual and welcome him or her into the family of Christ – Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation.
Baptism is the foundation of the Sacrament of initiation and frees one from original sin. The Baptism ceremony symbolises the washing away of sins and cleansing the soul by immersing it in water. Baptism is an important Sacrament and being baptised is an important part of being initiated into the family of the Catholic Church.
The Baptism Ceremony
Your child’s Baptism is a time of celebration and joy. Naturally, you want the best for your child. On the day of Baptism they are welcomed into the family of the Lord. When you bring your child for Baptism, you are promising to bring up your child as a Catholic, under God.
One of the key features of a Baptism is the role of the godparents. Godparents play a n important role in caring for the child’s spiritual and physical wellbeing. Both a woman and a man are chosen to fulfill this position in the infant’s life, and so a portion of the Baptism ceremony will focus on these two select people.