The Catholic Sacrament of Baptisms

A Baptism is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations share in common. In the Catholic Church, infants are baptised to welcome them into the Catholic faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with. Baptism is the first holy sacrament.

Baptisms usually take place on Sundays, during parish Mass or in the early afternoon after all the Masses are over. In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptised with oils, and pouring blessed water over the child or adult’s head not just once but three times.

A person being baptised is expected to dress in white to symbolise purity of faith and the cleansing power of Baptism. The white garment symbolises the white garments Jesus wore when he was placed in the tomb after his death on Good Friday. An infant may wear a baptismal gown handed down for generations; an adult typically wears a full-length white gown known as an alb.
Every person being baptised must have a sponsor, traditionally called a godparent. You must have at least one sponsor, but usually infants get one of each gender and often from each side of the family.
As a Catholic, you’re baptised just once and it leaves a permanent mark on your soul. No one can ever be un-baptised or re-baptised.

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