The Ritual of Baptism in the Catholic Church

THE ROLE OF BAPTISM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Baptisms in the Catholic Church usually take place on Sundays, during the parish Mass or in the early afternoon after all the Masses are over.  In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptized with oils, and pouring blessed water over the child or adult’s head not once but three times.

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The baptism ritual is a participatory one, with all attendees rejecting Satan and professing their faith, with parents of an infant, the godparents and immediate family members of the person being baptised being a bit more involved.

 

Like the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders, as a Catholic, you’re baptized only once.  These three sacraments confer an idelible mark on your soul.  No one can ever be un-baptized or re-baptized.

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RECOGNIZING THE ROLES OF GODPARENTS

Every person being baptized must have a sponsor, traditionally called a godparent.  You must have at least one sponsor, but usually infants get one of each gender and often from each side of the family.

The role of godparents has a very practical history.  Godparents took over rearing children orphaned when their parents died prematurely.  Today being a godparent carries with it no legal right or ecclesiastical authority to the custody of children.  Being a godparent, besides giving Christmas and birthday gifts every year, really means actively giving good Christian witness and example and being a role model and support by regularly and faithfully practising religion.

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