Congratulations on your new baby! You will have already made many decisions about how you wish to do what is best for your child – choosing what name to give, which food, what pram, which clothes, who can look after him/her safely, etc. You may have made changes which involve your life-style such as how you spend your money, staying in more, getting a bigger car or even changing your work patterns!
Wanting what is best for your child is also about the way you share what matters to you about life – good manners, speaking properly, treating others respectfully, education, concern for the world and, even – which football team he/she will support!
Baptism is part of choosing what you regard as best for your child. Christian parents have, since the earliest days of the Church, wanted to share their Faith, and all that it brings to them, with their children. But Baptism is just the beginning of a journey for your child. After Baptism you will be expected to lead your child, as their parent, through your own commitment to Jesus in the Church to be full members of the Church - through Confirmation and Eucharist.
By choosing to Baptise your child you will need to share your faith with him/her – to tell the story of Jesus; to talk to God with them (say prayers together); to have signs about the home that the child will recognise as “Catholic” (Crucifix, statues etc?); to help the child know others who are fellow Catholic (through family, school, church, friends etc).
If one of the parents is not a Catholic, or of another Faith, they may need your help to understand what you are doing in Baptising your child – do share your Faith with them and invite family and friends to help.
Finally, if you are not attending Mass regularly at the moment do use your thoughts of Baptising your child as the opportunity to re-visit how you should practice your own Faith now. Don’t wait for the Baptism to start coming to Mass! To have your child Baptised without the intention of helping him/her practice what Jesus has invited us to makes no sense at all. Feel free to speak to any one of the priests or any other member of the parish to discuss further Baptism and the life of the Church.
May God bless and guide you
and your family at this special time.