INFANT AND CHILDREN BAPTISM
The parents ask for the baptism of the child. In doing so, parents who are themselves baptised acknowledge taking on the responsibilities of training the child in the practice of the faith, and bringing up their child in the ways of Christ. This includes:
- Telling the child about God who loves us and about Jesus our friend
- Teaching the child how to pray
- Instilling Christian values in the child
- Teaching the child how to be a good Christian, through example
- Bringing the child to Church to pray at Mass, especially on Sundays and days of obligation
- Ensuring that the child receives a proper education
Non-Catholic parents who give their consent for baptism do not need to do anything that is against their religious or personal beliefs. Nevertheless, they are invited:
- To be involved in the life of faith of their child
- To be fully aware of the meaning and implication of baptism
- To be open to discuss with their spouse any reservations/differences they may have, and to speak with the Church’s minister if they wish
** Please note that this applies to those who have Non- Catholic spouses. At least one parent still is required to be a baptized and practicing Catholic. The Baptism of Children is essentially an extension of the faith professed and practiced by their parent(s).
Godparents have two important functions:
- They represent the Church into which the child is being baptised
- They agree to assist and support the parents in the Catholic upbringing of the child, by word, action and good example
Parents may choose up to two official Godparents. Both Godparents must be practising members of the Catholic Church and over the age of 16. Godparents should be chosen with care. They should be persons who will be an example to your child of what it means to follow Jesus. Godparents should fully understand and accept the responsibility that they are undertaking.
PROCEDURES FOR BAPTISM
Children baptism will be held during the Saturday Eucharist at the 4.30 PM and 6.15 PM Masses and Sunday Eucharist at the 9.00 AM, 11.00 AM, 12.45 PM, 5.30 PM and 7.15 PM Masses. Preparatory sessions will take place on the last Thursdays of each month. The baptism of a child is a time for joy not only for the parents and those involved, but for the whole community. The procedure of baptisms during Mass is as follows:
Last Thursday of each month:
Parents and godparents, who are intending to baptise their children the following month, gather for a preparatory session in Gubbio at 8pm.
|1st Saturday/Sunday:||Rite of welcoming the children into the catechumenate (anointing the children with the oil of catechumen)|
|2nd Saturday/Sunday:||Celebration of baptism and the anointing of the children with chrism|
|3rd Saturday/Sunday:||Rite of welcoming the children into the catechumenate (anointing the children with the oil of catechumen)|
|4th Saturday/Sunday:||Celebration of baptism and the anointing of the children with chrism|
If the parents choose to celebrate the rite of welcoming the children on the 1st Sunday at the 9 AM Mass, then they will baptise their children on the 2nd Sunday at the 9 AM Mass. This applies for the other masses as well.
APPLICATION FOR BAPTISM
If you wish to have your child baptised, please follow these steps for application:
- Please fill out a Children Baptism application form. Copies of this form are also available at the church racks or Parish Office.
- Submit the form together with a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate, Godparents' Baptismal Certificates and Parents' Marriage Certificate to the parish office. Your application should be received by us one week before the preparation class which is usually held on the last Thursday of each month.
Note: There will be no baptism during Lent in the months of March and April 2019.