Sacrament of Baptism

baptism

  • Baptism is the sacrament of spiritual rebirth and initiation into the Christian Faith. Through the symbolic action of washing (sprinkling) with water and the use of appropriate ritualistic formula, the baptized person is cleansed of all sins and incorporated into Christ. He/she becomes a member of the Church and receives the graces of supernatural life.
  • Baptism is known as ‘Gateway to the sacraments’. Hence only a validly baptized person can receive all the other sacraments in the church. Therefore it is important that every child that is born of Catholic parents must be baptized as soon as possible.
  • The sacrament of Baptism is a communitarian sacrament and needs to take place during Mass. However only for pastoral reasons baptisms are allowed outside the Mass.

    Baptisms in our church are held
    On 2nd & 4th Saturday at 5:30pm.

  • The parents / god parents prepare for the baptism of their children / god-children as the priest makes them aware of their serious responsibility to educate them in the love of the Lord and about bringing them up in the practice of the Faith.
  • To baptize your child in our church the parents must, complete the pre-baptismal catechesis during the early months of pregnancy.
  • Requirement: both God Parents should be Catholics and must be present for the service.
  • The parents are requested to bring their child wrapped in a simple cloth. The white garment is put during the baptism service.
  • Kindly ensure that a candle is brought for the service.
  • Feed your child before coming to the church and ensure that you are in time for the service.
  • Adults preparing for the sacraments of Christian initiation should follow the Adult Catechumenate programme as indicated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Only after the completion of the RCIA course the adult baptism will take place at the Easter Vigil Service.
  • A duly completed Pre-Baptismal Form with the correct spelling of the child’s name should be submitted in the Parish Office. Kindly note that once the details are entered in the Baptism register no changes are allowed. To make any changes in the Baptism register the legal procedure has to be followed and permission from the Bishops’ House has to be obtained.
  • An envelope marked “Our Contribution” should be handed to the priest with an offering to the Church.