The Sanctifying Role of the Church
Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.
Baptism is the sacrament of faith which has the Risen Christ as its source, and it is the offer of salvation for all people. Intimately linked to Confirmation and to Eucharist, Baptism is, with these two sacraments, Christian Initiation. The child is baptized in the faith of his/her parents, of his/her godparents and of the Church.
PRACTICE IN THE PARISH
If an individual intends to convert from one’s religious beliefs to another, the candidate needs to undergo the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme conducted by the diocese at various centres in the Archdiocese. The RCIA programme covers a period of one year. The candidate needs to first talk with any priests of the parish and then the priest will guide the candidate.
Priest-in-Charge : Fr. Gilbert de Lima
Baptism of Infants (Pre-Baptism Catechesis)
The pre-baptism team was set up to prepare new parents for the sacrament of their child’s baptism. It has been made mandatory, because of the high importance placed on building family faith. The preparatory course not only focuses on the religious significance of the sacrament, but also extends to imparting tools for parents to bring up their children firm in the catholic faith.
The four-module course talks about adapting to the changes that married life brings with it, faith formation within the family, the role of god-parenting and the rites of baptism. This is a four hour course conducted over two days every two months. We advise that both parents along with the godparents attend this course during the early stages of pregnancy to avoid any inconvenience to the mothers-to-be.
Announcements regarding the course are made a week prior to the sessions. To register, please visit the parish office.
Priest-in-Charge : Fr. Oniel Rodrigues
Lay Co-ordinator : Boney and Meena Fernandes
POINTERS FOR CHOOSING A GODPARENT FOR YOUR CHILD
Should we make a relative or a friend or someone else? Should we make someone who is good looking or someone who is rich? Who should it be? The choices are plenty. Well, here’s something to think about. Remember, the focus is on someone who will help the parents in the holistic growth of the child.
The Criteria laid down by the church for godparents is
He / She should have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist & Confirmation.
The godparent should be at least 16 years of age.
The parents cannot become the godparents of their child.
This means that the godparent should be someone who
Is a practicing Catholic with a deep faith
Knows Catholic doctrines & understands the Sacrament of Baptism.
Can be trusted to maintain a long term relationship with the child.
Enjoys patience & can relate to a child.
Enjoys stability in his/her life.
Has a high moral character.
Would be an exemplary role model for the child.
The sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on every Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Those who wish to have their child baptized are required to attend the pre-baptism course prior to baptism. They would also need to ensure that the Godparents chosen for the Child are Catholic who have received Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. The God Parents too would have to attend the Pre-baptism course session on God Parents.