If you have just had a baby, or are expecting one, the parish community of St Ann’s offers you their congratulations. No doubt you have been making preparations to give your child a warm welcome into your family and, as a gift from God, your child should also be welcomed into the family of the Church. This welcome is what is celebrated in the sacrament of Baptism.
Baptism is a sign of God’s love for us. For Christians it is the way in which we are welcomed into the community or family of the Church. As Baptism is a welcome into our community, we have a baptismal preparation programme to help parents prepare to celebrate the sacrament.
Please Note the Church’s Law Concerning Infant Baptism:
“For an infant to be baptised lawfully it is required that there is a well-founded hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic religion. If such hope is truly lacking, the baptism is to be deferred and the parents advised of the reason for this.” (Canon 868)
An indication of such goodwill would be your attendance at Sunday Mass for at least six months prior to the date of Baptism.
Start Planning Your Baby’s Baptism Now!
By thinking about your baby’s Baptism and getting in touch now, you are giving yourself a chance to sort out in good time any difficulties or anxieties you might have:
- If you’ve been out of touch for a while
- If your partner is not a Catholic
- If you are a single parent
- If you’re not sure about Baptism
Don’t worry! We look forward to hearing from you and can discuss with you any action needed on your part before Baptism takes place.
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