Baptising your child is an important step – in fact, the first step in your child’s faith journey. It is therefore important that you, as parents, be fully informed and prepared. Baptism is one of the most precious gifts you can give to your child – the promise of eternal life, the gift of becoming a child of God and a beloved member of God’s family.
Parents sometimes defer the baptism of their child, saying,“We’re letting it be their choice.” The reality is that, unless a child is baptised as a child, they will probably not opt for baptism later on – and it’s a much longer process when they do.
- Make an appointment with the parish priest to discuss your child’s baptism.
- Attend a baptism preparation course (if this is your first child to be baptised)
- Schedule the date and time for your child’s baptism.
Your child needs two godparents – at least one must be over 16 years of age, confirmed and a practising Catholic.
Baptism preparation courses are discussed and planned with Fr. Ralph Barcelo . You need to let Fr. Ralph know that you will be present. You cannot have your child baptised until you have attended a baptism preparation course.
If you live out of Kerikeri, you may have your child baptised here (e.g. if you are visiting parents or family here) but you need to:
ü have the permission of your own parish priest
ü attend a baptism preparation course in your home parish.
Baptisms can be arranged at other times only if there is good reason.There is no fee to have your child baptised, but it is traditional to give a koha to the church on the occasion of your child’s baptism.