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Infant Baptism

About Infant Baptism

The Church has always seen infant Baptism as a great gift and responsibility, something that “accords with the parents’ role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them” (CCC 1251).

It is a beautiful tradition in the Catholic Church, one that recognises the many graces received at Baptism, making room for the Holy Spirit to guide the heart of the child for the rest of their lives. Through Baptism the Holy Spirit works rebirth (Titus 3:4–7), creates faith in them, and saves them (1 Peter 3:21). Although some deny the possibility of infant faith, the Bible clearly teaches that babies can believe (Mark 9:42, Luke 18:15–17). Bringing something as precious as a new life into our world is one of the greatest miracles. It brings with it many joys and blessings as well as hard work and responsibilities.

The love you have for your child is part of the love God has for us all. In the sacrament of Baptism, God our Father shows us this love. Through this Sacrament, your child will become in an incredibly special way a part of God’s family, the Church. As you prepare for your child’s baptism, we trust that you will understand more deeply how much God loves you and your baby.

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