Baptism

I baptise you in the name of the

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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Baptise as a Catholic

Baptism orients the soul not only to worship God and serve him with their lives, but also to take part in his kingly, prophetic, and priestly offices.

Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism is carried out on Sunday afternoon on monthly or bi-monthly basis. You may need to refer to our Weekly Bulletin for update.

Please complete the Infant Baptism Form and submit it to the Parish Office. After the application has been submitted, the Parish Office will confirm the date and time of the baptism.

Baptism serves as the first sacrament one receives when entering the Catholic Faith. It is a sacrament of initiation (which you can only receive one time), meaning once you received it, you officially enter into the body of Christ, the Catholic Church. The recipient receives justifying and sanctifying grace when baptized, and the Holy Spirit begins to dwell within them.

St. Paul describes baptism as the “first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:14).

According to aboutcatholic.com baptism does five things: 

  1. It forgives all sins that were committed before baptism including original, mortal, and venial sin.
  2. It makes the baptized a new creature.
  3. It turns the baptized into a newly adopted son or daughter of God and a member of the Church.
  4. It brings them to share in the royal priesthood of Christ. (1 Peter 2:9)
  5. It leaves a spiritual mark (or character) of belonging to Christ on the soul of the baptized. 

It serves as the foundation of communion within the Church, and the initiation into Christ’s Body the Church. With this initiation comes a sort of seal, St. Augustine calls it a “character.” This character, which is the fifth thing that baptism does in the list above, is “like a brand imprinted on a soldier that cannot be removed.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks upon this character as well, saying:

“No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation … The baptismal seal enables and commits Christians to serve God by a vital participation in the holy liturgy of the Church and to exercise their baptismal priesthood by the witness of holy lives and practical charity” (CCC, 1272 and 1273).

i)

To baptise an infant, at least one of the parents must be a practicing Catholic.

ii)

The God-parent(s) must be confirmed and practicing Catholics. One God-parent per infant is sufficient. However, two would be preferable.

iii)

Parent(s) and God-parent(s) are required to attend the instructional session. The instructional session is held at 8:15 pm on the Friday prior to baptism.

iv)

The parent(s) must be residing within the boundaries of Jawi, Simpang Ampat, Batu Kawan, Tasek, Permatang Tinggi, and Juru. If you are residing in Nibong Tebal please contact Church of St Anthony, Minor Basilica of St Anne if you are from Bukit Mertajam and Church of Sacred Heart if you are from Kulim.

  1. Name

Choosing an appropriate name for your baby is one of the most important things for parents. It will be special to the child and also special to God.

By Catholic custom and Tradition, parents are encouraged to name their children after the Saints. Why? Because your child is becoming a member of the Church, he would then have his/her Saint as a role model and a patron in heaven – a friend in higher places, so to speak.

Becoming a member of the Church, the child belongs to a family not only on earth but in heaven too. And with the communion of Saints, the baby will be supported and loved not only on earth but also by the family of God in heaven.

Parents, sponsors (godparents) and the pastor are to see that a name is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment.(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2156)

2. Choice of Godparents

The choice of godparents is entirely up to the parents but there are a few pointers which parents might want to consider when making their choice. But it is a decision not to be taken lightly. Too often parents want to honour a special friend or relative. If parents want to be happy about their decision, please consider the following.

Godparents are to assist the child’s parents in raising their child in our atholic faith so that the child may profess and live it as an adult.

To ensure the godparent is capable of this, Church law insists that the godparent:-

  • Must be at least 16 years old (for maturity’s sake)
  • Fully initiated (having received Eucharist and Confirmation)
  • Be someone other than the legal parents, and
  • One who leads a life in harmony with the Church.

Parents should choose good practicing Catholics as godparents. Godparents should be faithful individuals who are ready to accept the responsibility of looking after a godchild. Therefore, parents should choose godparents not just because of blood relationship or friendship; rather, godparents should be trustworthy witnesses of the faith who will help their godchildren attain salvation.

A Catholic who does not practice the faith by regularly attending Mass or who is in an invalid marriage disqualifies himself/herself from being a godparent. Moreover, if a person is Catholic but antagonistic to the faith, i.e. has the attitude “I am a Catholic but…”, would not be a good example and witness to the faith and also disqualifies himself/herself.

A child only needs one godparent for Baptism – male or female – but may have two, one male and one female. Here, the Code of Canon Law wants to eliminate the practice of having numerous godparents, as has occurred in some cultures.

Adult Baptism

Under normal circumstances, adults seeking baptism must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

In the case of an adult who is unable to come to the Church for baptism (e.g. due to old age, illness or for any other valid reason), s/he may contact the Parish Priest for a special arrangement.

Church of the Holy Name of Mary is a Roman Catholic Church situated at Permatang Tinggi. Our mission is to share the Good News of the Kingdom of God to everyone. 

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