The Sacrament of Baptism

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Who are the ordinary ministers of Baptism?
The ordinary ministers of Baptism are bishops, priests and deacons. But in danger of death any member of the Church (or even any person who has the requisite intention) should baptise. Later, a child who survives should be taken to the parish church to be received solemnly into the Catholic community.

How does one baptise in case of emergency?
Baptism is celebrated by the minister pouring water over the head of the one being baptised and saying the at the same time: “I baptise you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

What is the role of parents in the baptism of children?
The parents accept the responsibility of training the child in the practice of the faith and of bringing the child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us by loving God and our neighbour. This obligation is emphasised in the celebration of Baptism during which parents publicly ask that their child is baptised; they sign their child with the sign of the cross; they renounce Satan and make their profession of faith; they hold the lighted candle; and they are blessed with the special prayers for mothers and fathers.