Baptism

Baptism

There are three initiation sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. The Christian life begins with the sacrament of baptism. This beautiful ritual is a sign of Gods unconditional love for us as individuals. "I have called you by your name, you are mine." says the Lord (Isaiah 43). Baptism is an outward sign for an inner spiritual renewal; through baptism we are born "anew ... from water and spirit" (John 3: 3, 5).

Children are a gift from God. We celebrate the birth of a new life and affirm our commitment to grow and develop the child within Christian values. We are all born into a particular family and into a certain historical, social and cultural context. This implies that we are structurally separated from one another; - this is one understanding of the concept of original sin. In and through Jesus Christ we believe firmly this divide is overcome. The way He lived and related to the people of his time and by His death and resurrection, salvation is made accessible to all humankind, regardless of their origin. In Baptism, every person is a child of God, participating in the new creation, living as God has meant us to be.

We understand that parents want to pass onto their child(ren) what is important to them. Their relationship and faith in the Creator of all life, in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit will inspire them to develop their child(ren) with Christian values and faith.

Celebrating the new life of your child, it makes sense to celebrate the Baptism as soon as mother and the child are ready to begin the preparation soon after birth. If this has not happened, it is never too late for baptism.

Adults can also be baptized. There are different reasons why an adult asks for inclusion into the church community. Growing into the faith and the life of the Church precedes a preparatory period, called the catechumenate.

When adults are baptized, they also receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist in the same celebration, as these three sacraments are initiation sacraments and are interrelated.

The following website informs about all the know-how on the way to becoming a Christian in the Catholic Church: https://www.thoughtco.com/the-sacrament-of-baptism-542130

 

How to register for baptism?

You may register at the parish office (see contacts)

The following documents are necessary:

  • Birth certificate

When registering for baptism, you should know who the two godparents of the baptismal child should be. The godfather or godmother should be Roman Catholic, at least 16 years old and have been confirmed. Godparents of other denominations are possible, as the one baptism is recognized by most of the major denominations.

  • Certificate of their local church membership

What to expect?

You will be invited to a christening talk, during which you can also help shape the celebration.

For the baptismal celebration the child or adult can wear white or a white christening dress/ gown.

A own decorated christening candle, which will be lit during the ceremony, can make the celebration more personal.

You as an adult or your child may receive the baptism during a community service on Sundays or in a separate arranged family service. Traditionally it had its place during the Easter celebrations.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate and contact us.

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The German-speaking Catholic community of the Cape Peninsula is the community for all German-speaking Catholics (Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Namibia) and their families who live in the Archdiocese of Cape Town. Therefore, many South African citizens are also part of our community.

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