Sacrament of Baptism

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Among the Pharisees there was a ruler of the Jews named Nicodemus.  He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know that you have come from God to teach us, for no one can perform miraculous signs like yours unless God is with him".  Jesus replied,  "Truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again from above".  Nicodemus said,  "How can there be rebirth for a grown man?  Who could go back to his mother's womb and be born again?   Jesus replied,  "Truly, I say to you, Unless one is born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  (John 3:1-5).

What is Baptism?  Baptism is the Sacrament which makes you a Christian and a member of the Catholic Church and gives you the right to receive the other Sacraments.

What does Baptism do to your soul?  It takes away all sin, original sin plus mortal and venial sins.  It puts Sanctifying Grace into your soul for the first time.  It brings the Holy Spirit to dwell in your soul.  It makes you a member of the Catholic Church and it enables you to receive the other Sacraments.

Why do you have to be baptised?  Because Jesus said, "Unless one is born again of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God".   (John 3:5)

What kind of sin is it to delay your Baptism?  A serious (mortal) sin if you are convinced that the Catholic Church is the only true Church.

What do you have to do to be baptised?  You have to take a full course of instructions in the Catholic religion, give up all seriously sinful habits and have the right intentions  The right intention means that you wish to become a Catholic because the Catholic Church is the only true Church.

Who gives Baptism?  Ordinarily, the priest, but in an emergency, anyone, even a non Christian can baptise provided one knows what to do and has the intention of conferring baptism into the Catholic Church..

How is Baptism given?  It is given by pouring water over the forehead of the person to be baptised and saying while pouring the water,  "I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", while having at least the minimum intention to do what the Church wants you to do be performing this sacramental act.  Baptism can also be given by immersion or sprinkling, but in all cases the water has to flow over the head or forehead (not just the hair).

What are sponsors for?  Sponsors at Baptism are supposed to see that their god-children stay faithful to their religious duties.  A sponsor has to be a good Catholic of least fourteen years old.

Why do you take the name of a Saint at Baptism?  You take a Saint's name to have that Saint watch over you and to have someone to imitate.

Do babies have to be baptised?  Yes, because they have Original Sin on their souls, which means they have no Sanctifying Grace.

How soon should a baby be baptised?  Within two or three weeks of its birth.  It is a mortal sin to delay the baptism of a baby for a long time.

 

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