Parish Norms for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism New Emphasis on Rites of Initiation
In recent times, the rites for entry of children and adults into the Catholic Church have been revised. We are reminded that initiation consists of a number of sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Baptism is not just an event in the life of the person being baptised. It is also an event in the life of the community. Baptism is, therefore, not just a family celebration but also a celebration of the whole Christian community into which the candidate is being initiated. While Baptism incorporates us into the risen life of Christ, and gives us membership of the faith community, this is just the beginning; it is for the community and the candidate to develop that risen life begun in Baptism.
Guidelines for the Celebration of Baptism of Infants at St Mary's Williamstown
Based on these new emphases and in order to achieve a pastoral practice that would reflect them in the celebration of Baptism, the following guidelines are offered:
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