Baptism is the sacrament that all Christians share. The church administers baptism by the authority of Our Lord: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 28:11).
Baptism establishes a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It also incorporates us into the community of believers, the Church. It brings about the forgiveness of our sins. It marks the beginning of a new life as a brother or sister of Jesus himself and as the son or daughter of God.
Baptism imposes the obligation on the person who is baptized, on his parents and godparents to receive Christ in their lives.
Parents as role models
It is extremely important that parents of the child to be baptized consider the meaning of being a Christian. A child can only learn by example. The decision to have your baby baptized requires the parent to accompany the child on it´s path to faith in the community of the Church. To accompany the child at First Communion and later at Confirmation and indeed wherever your child asks questions about God. The parents are always obliged to take a stand up for and act on the basis of their faith.
A child brought to baptism normally has one godmother and one godfather. A godparent serves a special role for the person to be baptized, whether child or adult. Godparents represent the Catholic community, the Church. They are to assist in the preparation of adult candidates for Baptism and to be supportive of them afterwards. When it comes to infant Baptism, godparents are to assist the child's parents in raising their child in the Catholic faith, so that, in the future the child will profess and live their faith as an adult.
Preparations for Baptism
For more information, contact your local parish priest.