Sacrament Of Baptism
Through Baptism we enter the community of believers – it is a sign of initiation into the church. The baptism of an infant is not primarily about a decision we have made for God: it is about a decision that God has made for us. At Baptism we celebrate the free gift of grace and salvation.
Since a child is being baptized into a faith community, the presence of the already baptized is an integral part of the celebration of the sacrament. The life of the infant who is baptized is shaped by the community which accepts and nourishes him or her. The rite opens the way to experiences of the sacred in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. In addition, for those who are present at the baptismal ceremony it is often an opportunity to deepen one’s own commitment.
Based on: “Baptism” (Chapter 6) in Joseph Martos, “Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church,” Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc.., 1981 and “Infant Baptism: Gift to the Parish” by Thomas Richstatter, OFM, Catholic Update, May 1995.
Being a Godparent is a ministry of the Church, and not simply an honour. Godparents are to represent the Christian Catholic community. They are to assist the child’s parents in raising their child in the Catholic faith.
Only one godparent is necessary, although both a godmother and a godfather are preferred. If there is only one godparent, this person must be a practicing Catholic. This person is officially designated as “godparent”.
In the case of two godparents normally both would be practicing Catholics. However, it is permissible for one to be a practicing Catholic and the other to be a baptized Christian committed to his/her own denomination. The non-Catholic person is officially designated a “Christian witness”.
Required Steps for Infant Baptism
- Obtain a copy of the Child's Birth Certificate from the provincial government
- Contact Fr. Glenn McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a baptismal preparation interview.