Baptism

The sacrament of baptism is celebrated regularly in the Parish.  We look forward to helping new parents prepare for this special event which marks the beginning of a child’s spiritual and sacramental life.  Parents are required to attend a formation session prior to the baptism taking place.  Please watch the Parish bulletin for details of the formation classes and the baptism dates.

Fr Gilbert baptises a young girl

The baptism of a child is a time for celebration and joy.  Parents naturally want the best for their baby.  We hope that our parish will be able to help you to plan and prepare for the celebration of this sacrament in the best possible way.

In the case of the baptism of a baby born outside of marriage, only the mother or the father of the child is required to attend the classes but both are encouraged to do so if possible.

Some people think of baptism as a ritual or a ceremony that needs to be “done”.  They even speak of baptism as having the baby “done”.  This is most unfortunate.  The sacrament of baptism is a child’s birth into the Christian community and is in every way as solemn and as important an event as the birth itself.  It is an event that needs to be prepared for.

The most important preparation on the part of the parents is to look at their own faith.  As a baby is born with its parent’s features and will pick up their mannerisms as he or she grows up, so too will the child grow in faith – the faith of the parents.  The blessing on the father of the child during the rite of baptism includes these words: “He and his wife will be the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith.  May they be the best teachers, bearing witness to God by all they say and do.”  This is why, when parents approach a priest/deacon for the sacrament of baptism for their child, he will want to be assured that your faith is precious to you.

The request for baptism for a child is seen by the Church as a sign that the parents recognise the importance of God in their lives and earnestly seek to share this relationship with their child.  The time of preparation for baptism is an opportunity to strengthen that faith or to revisit that faith – in the case of those who have lapsed from the practise of their faith.  The parish priest, his assistants and the parish community offer whatever help and support is needed by new parents who wish to either renew or revisit their faith.  A baby’s baptism is the beginning of a new life in which the parents and their family grow closer to one another and closer to God.  Through the celebration of baptism, the parish welcomes the child into its midst with love and prayers.

Baptism at Holy Trinity

Infant baptisms take place at Holy Trinity bi-monthly.  Parents who want to have their children baptised have to attend a baptism preparation class which takes place the week before the actual baptism.  This class is obligatory. The class normally lasts for 2 hours and we request that parents arrively promptly for the class.  If you are late then we will respectfully ask you to come again at a later date.  Please register for the classes by filling in the form below and returning it to the Parish Office as soon as possible – details below.  If the class is full we will work on a “first come first serve basis”. For more information on your child’s baptism feel free to contact Deacon Billy Davies – revbilly@trinityjhb.co.za

Please complete the form below and return it to the Parish office as soon as possible.
It can be emailed to parish@trinityjhb.co.za or faxed to 086 528 9538

Download Infant Baptism Registration Form

 

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