For mums and dads considering Baptising your children
Baptism is the gateway to the other Sacraments
Dear mum and dad, it is wonderful news that you want your child to receive Baptism.
I am obliged to make sure that you, as the child’s parents, are prepared properly. This means that you understand the meaning of the Sacrament and the obligations attached to it. Baptism is the gateway to the other Sacraments (can 849). By it we are freed from sin, are reborn as children of God, configured to Christ, and incorporated into the Church.
As undertaking the responsibility of having your child Baptised you are to ensure the divine life given them is kept safe from the poison of sin and that it grows stronger in their hearts. Baptism is the beginning of this journey.
What your responsibility is therefore is contained in the precepts of the Church that guarantee for the faithful the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer, the sacramental life, moral commitment and growth in love of God and neighbour. By far the most important precepts are the 1st and 2nd; namely
• 1. “You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation."
• 2. “You shall confess your sins at least once a year."
In Baptising your child you need as a family to commit to these precepts and encourage their observance.
For your reflection is number 2181 of the Catechism.
“The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.”
In order to make an informed choice regarding the Baptism of your child know that the above is what you are committing yourselves to! If you are prepared to make that commitment, I will expect to welcome you guys regularly each week in and that you become a part of our worshipping parish community. That is what Baptism means – it is the gateway to entering into the mystery of our salvation.