The sacrament of Baptism is open to all who desire to enter into the Christian life. Parents may choose for their child to be baptised according to the instructions given in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (see below).

An adult, who has not been baptised, may choose to do so and will normally enter into a period of preparation before receiving the sacrament. Please see section on Becoming Catholic.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, it states "Every person not yet baptised and only such a person is able to be baptised." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1246)

After suitable preparation any adult who is not yet baptised is able to be baptised into the Catholic Church

For an infant/child to be baptised into the Catholic Church there are two requirements:

  1. At least one parent of the infant/child consents to the child being baptised into the Catholic Church.
  2. There needs to be a well-founded hope that the infant/child will be raised in the Catholic religion.


In ordinary circumstances it is expected that at least one parent of the infant or child be a Catholic.

Parents who are not Catholic but want their infant or child baptised into the Catholic faith are encouraged to make an appointment with their local parish priest to discuss the matter.

Acknowledgements
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Reviewed
14 October 2019

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