Baptise first the children, and if they can speak
for themselves let them do so.
Otherwise, let their parents or other relatives
speak for them.
Baptism is a gift from God to the entire human family. Baptism initiates us into the family of God and cleanses us of sin. For someone who is baptised as an infant, the personal response of faith comes as the child grows to respond to the graces given in baptism.
When a child is baptised, the parents’ faith speaks for the child who is too young to have explicit faith on his or her own. This is why the Church requires a reasonable hope that the parents will raise the child in the Catholic faith before a child is baptised. As an active, registered parishioner of our parish, we warmly welcome you and your child as you begin preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism. If you are registered with another Catholic parish, we will need a letter from your parish priest, giving us permission to baptise your child here in St. Peter’s. You will also need to fill out the Application Form for Baptism, and provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
"... as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life."