The Church defines Sacraments as “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131).
Each sacrament consists of a visible external rite, which is composed of `matter’ and `form’, the `matter’ being the material element used as well as the action performed with it, such as the pouring of water in the case of Baptism, and the `form’ being the words spoken by the minister.
The Church has definitively defined the seven Sacraments at the Council of Lyons II (1274). These are: The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist); The Sacraments of Healing (Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick) and The Sacraments of Vocation (Marriage and Holy Orders).
May your study of the seven Sacraments enable you to experience Christ more deeply so that your union with Him may bear fruit in your lives.
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.
— Catechism of the Catholic Church n. 1213
It is obligatory on the part of the parents and God-parents to attend the Pre-Baptism Course before the delivery of the child. An appointment is made with the priest on duty who will further guide and instruct the parents about the Course.
A form for Baptism must be filled out and handed over to the priest on the day of Baptism. A copy of the marriage certificate of the parents must be attached to the form along with a copy of the child’s municipal birth certificate.
God-parents must be practicing Catholics and above 18 years of age.
Baptism: any Sunday of the month immediately after the 9.30 a.m. Mass.