According to Roman Catholic beliefs, Baptism is the first sacrament of the Catholic Church. Infants are usually baptized with the idea that both their parents and god parents will teach them the religion. By being baptized, we are being given an open window in order to build a relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are some things to consider when preparing your child for his or her Baptism:
- Your local Parish more than likely offers courses in order to prepare you for the Baptism. Some classes can be taken even before the baby is born, so look into them early.
- Make sure that you thoroughly understand the concept of Baptism, and what to expect during the ceremony.
- When choosing God parents, go with who you believe will do the best job teaching your child about Catholicism.
- Plan a celebration party, and involve the community as much as possible. Invite everyone that you know.
- When choosing a baptism garment, check with your family members first to ensure that there isn’t already a garment in the family meant to be passed along. Although you ultimately have the final decision on what your baby wears, family traditions should not be broken.
- Tell all of your friends and family members about the baptism so that they will all send prayers for the baby.
- Write your own Parents’ prayer for the Baptism, and pray often for your baby.
- Save as many mementos as you can, including photographs, heirloom baptism gowns, and candle, so that you and your child can look back on them in future years.