We are in the process of arranging a Baptism course for parents as they prepare to have their children Baptised.
Notice of Baptism should be given to Fr. Isaac as early as possible. We do not want to make it more difficult to have children Baptised but we want to help parents understand the great significance of the Sacrament. The following is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
225. Starting when and to whom has the Church administered Baptism?
From the day of Pentecost, the Church has administered Baptism to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ.
256. In what does the essential rite of Baptism consist?
The essential rite of this Sacrament consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water over his or her head while invoking the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
257. Who can receive Baptism?
Every person not yet Baptised is able to receive Baptism.
258. Why does the Church Baptise infants?
The Church Baptises infants because they are born with original sin. They need to be freed from the power of the Evil One and brought into that realm of freedom which belongs to children of God.
259. What is required of one who is to be Baptised?
Everyone who is to be Baptised is required to make a profession of faith. This is done personally in the case of adults or by the parents and by the Church in the case of infants. Also the godfather or the godmother and the whole ecclesial community share the responsibility for baptismal preparation (catechumenate) as well as the development and safeguarding of the faith and grace given at Baptism.