The Sacrament of Baptism is often called “The door of the Church” because it is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it.

It is the first of the two Sacraments of Initiation, the other being the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Baptism removes the guilt and effects of Original Sin and incorporates the baptized into the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ on earth.

Traditionally, the rite (or ceremony) of baptism was held outside of the doors of the main part of the church to signify this fact.

A priest or deacon is the ordinary minister of Baptism, but anyone can baptise in an emergency.  The minister ours water three times on the head of the one being baptised,, or immerses him or her in water, pronounces the person’s name (often a new Christian name), and says: “I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. (Mt 28-19)

Note: Contact the individual parish for its baptism schedule as they vary.  You should note however that in order to register you will need to present the child’s birth certificate in order for the baptism to be recorded in the Church’s register. 

BAPTISM -Faqs

Dear Parents:

Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby! Our Catholic Community joins you in thanking God for the gift of new life. As you are seeking the baptism of your child in the Roman Catholic Church, in the Diocese of Bridgetown, the following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ and his Church.

A. The Sanctifying Role of the Church

The rite of Baptism is the first of seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. The waters of Baptism mark the beginnings of a person’s journey with God. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.

It is one of the three sacraments of Initiation, which establish the foundations of Christian life. The other sacraments of Initiation are Eucharist and Confirmation. 

The child is baptized in the faith of his/her parents, of his/her godparents and of the Church.

Baptism is the introduction of a person into the Church community and is a wonderful opportunity for your fellow parishoners to share your joy in your new baby. That is why Baptism is often celebrated during Sunday mass so that as many people as possible can welcome your child into the community.

B. Basic Guidelines and Information for Infant Baptism

Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible. Except in case of necessity, the church is the usual place of baptism.

 In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that…

• the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place,

• and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.

GODPARENTS: A person may only have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female.

In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent, these are the requirements…

• they be chosen by the parents,

• have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role,

• be at least 16 years of age, and…

• be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized,

• and be neither the father nor the mother of the child.

 

BAPTISM - Registration Form

You may download the form here: 

Please contact your the respective Parish for specific details and scheduling