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Baptism is the first sacrament received by all Christians. It marks the beginning of our lives of faith. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Baptism as the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we become members of the Body of Christ; we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Together with Confirmation and Eucharist it is one of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation. This sacrament puts in place the foundation of the Christian life.

Being baptised is not an isolated event or a simple social ritual to celebrate the birth of a baby. As with all sacraments, baptism is approached in faith. The faith of parents carry a child to the sacrament. By bringing a child for baptism parents are giving a sign to the world that they and God are partners working together for the complete development of their child in body and soul. It follows then that to fulfil the true meaning of baptism there must be continuing teaching and example of living faith. Parents who present a child for baptism make a public commitment to bring up their child in the practice of the faith. As with other aspects of a child’s development they will only grow as a Christian if there is support, example, guidance and teaching throughout childhood and adolescence.

The Sacrament of Baptism initiates us into our journey of life with God. It is God who leads and God who guides, and God who waits to embrace us for all eternity.

Baptisms normally take place in the parish church of the place where the family resides. To arrange for a baptism you should contact your local Parish Priest.

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