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After-Baptism: Discussion Leaflet

Growth in Goodness A new baby is the centre of attention in a family. Just to look at your baby is to be filled with awe and wonder. But there is not too much time for just looking! Who shares the work of helping your child grow in health and happiness? Have you family and friends to help you? Do you visit the Health Centre or belong to a Parents’ Support Group? Your baby needs a great deal of practical care. The day seems to become a round of feeding, bathing, comforting. There is joy and effort, fun and hardwork all running together. Lengthy bouts of crying and sleepless nights may seriously upset you. How do you keep going? Does the fact that you love your child influence your ability to give such constant care? You have talked about the loving care that you give your child. As part of that care, you are here to prepare for your child’s Baptism. What made you think of having your child baptised? Did any of your family discuss it with you? In Baptism your child becomes a member of another, very large, family - the church. The Baptismal Rite recognises the need for your constant care if your child is to become an active member of this family. This is what the Rite says: Dear parents and godparents: You have come here to present this child for baptism. By water and the Holy Spirit he/she is to receive the gift of new life from God, who is love. On your part, you must make it your constant care to bring up your child in the practice of the faith.


Rite of Infant Baptism


2010 series