The Sacrament of Baptism
Q: When is it administered?
A: Generally, baptism is administered 40 days after the infant’s birth. However, sick children can be baptised earlier.
Q: Who can be baptized?
A: Only children of Catholic parents registered with the parish (i.e. holding parish I.D.), are baptized. Exceptions are made to this rule if there is a no-objection letter from the parish priest of another Catholic parish.
Q: Are there any preparatory courses?
A: The parents of the child being baptized are required to attend a pre-baptism course conducted by the parish.
The parish priest requires a copy of the parents Baptism Certificate/s and a new copy of their marriage certificate.
Parents can collect the Application Form from the parish office, complete it and submit it at least one week before the baptism.
The parents must attend the classes for three consecutive Saturdays prior to the Baptism. If anybody violates the above rule, the Baptism will be postponed to the following month.
Q: Whom do I contact for the pre-baptism course?
A: Deacon Keith Mackenzie.
Q: When is Baptism administered?
A: Baptism is given on the last Sunday of the month during combined mass.
Every rule has an exception:
If a couple wants to baptize their baby during weekdays, permission could be given, provided that mutually convenient arrangements are made with the parish priest.
Adult Baptism/ Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Q: What is adult baptism?
A: Prior to adult Baptism, there is a one-year programme (RCIA), in which non-Catholics desirous of embracing the Catholic faith, are trained and well educated in the Catholic Faith and in the Christian Doctrine of the Church.
Q: Who can receive Adult Baptism?
A: Any adult, freely wishing to join the Catholic faith can do so under the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
Q: Are there any pre-requisites to Adult Baptism?
A: None, other than willingness on the part of the candidate.
Q: Is there any documentation involved?
A: The candidate is required to submit an Affidavit stating that he/she embraces the faith freely, without any pressure from any party. Approval of the candidate is strictly under the supervision of the parish priest, and the RCIA team.
Q: Is attendance at the RCIA classes mandatory?
A: Attendance is mandatory at all sessions of the RCIA. This is in keeping with the serious step the candidate is embarking upon.
Q: Whom do I contact for the Adult Baptism course?
A: Mr John Alpheus.
Q: Who is the ordinary minister of Baptism?
A: The ordinary minister of Baptism is a priest; but anyone may baptize in case of necessity, when a priest cannot be had.