In what does the essential rite of Baptism consist? The essential rite of this sacrament consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water over his or her head while invoking the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 256)
Why does the Church baptise infants? The Church baptizes infants because they are born with original sin. They need to be freed from the power of the Evil One and brought into the realm of freedom which belongs to the children of God. (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 258) Booking a Baptism Contact the Parish Priest to make an appointment (See below for Baptism form). You may contact the Parish Office on 011 616 5024. Baptism Preparation Classes At the discretion of the Parish Priest, the parents (and the godparents, if possible) will attend one or two preparation classes. Baptismal Candle and Garment Couples must bring their own special baptism candle, the child must be dressed in a white garment and a white shawl must be provided for use after the Baptism. Godparents The answers to some frequently asked questions about godparents can be found in the following norms of the Code of Canon Law: Canon 872: “In so far as possible, a person being baptised is to be assigned a sponsor. In the case of an adult baptism, the sponsor’s role is to assist the person in Christian initiation. In the case of an infant baptism, the role is together with the parents to present the child for baptism, and to help it to live a Christian life befitting the baptised and faithfully to fulfil the duties inherent in baptism.” Canon 873: “One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each sex.” Canon 874: §1 To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:
- be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place, or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;
- be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason for an exception to be made;
- be a catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;
- not labour under a canonical penalty, whether imposed or declared;
- not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptised.
To arrange for a baptism, download the Baptism Registration Form (in PDF format), print it and fill it out and make an appointment to see the Parish Priest