It is the deep belief of the Church that no one comes to faith, to the Church, to the sacraments or even to God without their being called by God. This is God’s work, not ours. God initiates, God calls, God converts. We co-operate with this initiative of God. We respond. What is being celebrated (in the Sacraments of Initiation) is that God is indeed calling a person into the life of the Church and the sacraments as initiation into life.
- Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation. It flows and leads to Confirmation and Eucharist.
- Baptism makes the child a Christian, a son/daughter of God and a brother/sister of Christ because she/he is a member of the body of Christ.
Parents who are seeking Baptism for their children are asking that their son/daughter be initiated into the Catholic Community and the local Church Community of Leichhardt. The Church baptizes infants/children on the faith of the parents. The ideal is that parents have a deep faith, which they actively live out in the experience of the Catholic Church Community. Children’s faith is learned from their parents. We are always ready and willing to assist parents and godparents in living out the above ideal in the Church Community of Leichhardt.
According to Canon Law, the law governing the Catholic Church, a godparent for a Catholic Baptism must be a fully initiated practicing Catholic. Non-Catholics may not serve as godparents for a Catholic Baptism. Baptised Christians of other Churches may act as a Christian witness.
- At least one godparent is required; no more than two (one male and one female) are allowed.
- The Godparent needs to be a practicing Catholic who is at least sixteen (16) years of age.
- The godparent must be fully initiated in the Catholic Church, that is, they must have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Regular attendance at Mass is expected. Regular participation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation is encouraged.
Further details are available on the form that can be downloaded and by discussing the date of baptism with the parish priest who will want to meet with you.