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SHOULD I SECRETLY BAPTISE MY GRANDSON WHEN I AM BABYSITTING?

 

“QUESTION:

My grandson has not yet been baptised. I have tried to persuade my daughter to arrange this but she does not seem concerned about it. Could I secretly baptise him when I am babysitting?

 

ANSWER:

The ordinary minister of baptism is the bishop, priest or deacon and baptism should be carried out in the Church according to the full rite given in the liturgical books. In an emergency, if a child is in danger of death, any person (even a non-Catholic) may baptise a child validly if they pour water on the child, say ‘I baptise you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’, and have the intention to do what the Church does.

 

It would be wrong to carry out an emergency baptism if there is no pressing necessity such as a serious danger to the child’s life. Baptism makes us Christians, children of God and members of the Church, with the duty of living the Christian life and living in accord with the teaching of the Church. The Church has always recognised the need for the consent of the parents and a well-founded hope that the child will be brought up in the practice of the faith.

 

If a baptism is carried out in an emergency, the parish priest should be informed so that he can offer pastoral care, and so that he can enter the details in the baptismal register. Should the child survive, he will arrange for the other ceremonies of the baptismal rite to be carried out in the Church at when convenient. The fact of baptism has important consequences in later life, especially in relation to marriage, so the parish priest should also be informed if a baptism is carried out when there was not any danger – though unlawful, such a baptism would be valid.

 

Many grandparents feel as you do. It is right for you to encourage the parents to have the child baptised, but you cannot force their decision. Try to show the value of the Christian faith gently, without nagging, but joyfully witnessing to the value of the Christian life.”

– This article by Fr Tim Finigan entitled “Catholic Dilemmas” was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue November 1 2013. For subscriptions, please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

 

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INTERCESSIONS FOR GRANDPARENTS

INTERCESSIONS FOR GRANDPARENTS:

God’s love endures for ever. Let us pray:

R. Hear your children, O Lord.

For all grandparents:
– make them strong, loving and wise. (R.)

For all families blessed with living grandparents:
– Fill them with respect and love for the ageing. (R.)

For all the elderly abandoned by their families:
– fill them with peace of heart and grant them the companionship of others in their loneliness. (R.)

For all our family members who have died:
– bring them in joy to your eternal home. (R.)

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

May the Lord of peace himself give us peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with us all. Amen. (cf. 2 Th 3:16)

 
 

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PRAYERS TO ST JOACHIM AND ST ANNE

ST JOACHIM AND ST ANNE, PATRONS OF GRANDPARENTS; MEMORIAL: JULY 26

“O blessed couple. All creation is in your debt. For through you is presented the noblest of gifts to the creator, namely a spotless mother who alone was worthy for the creator.” (St John Damascene)

God of our fathers,
you gave Saints Joachim and Anne
the privilege of being the parents of Mary,
the mother of your incarnate Son.
May their prayers help us to attain
the salvation you have promised to your people.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Dear Saint Anne and Joachim, you who were grandparents to Baby Jesus, pray for us. You who knew the anguish of parenthood, pray for us. Pray that we will accept the plan of the almighty, and that we will place all our trust in the Lord, and accept the role He demands of us in life. Pray that we may be blessed by our grandchildren and know that each and every one is a special gift, chosen and given by the Lord to us. Amen.

 

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“HELP US TO BE GOOD PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS”

Dear Saint Anne,
mother of the Virgin Mary and
grandmother of our Lord Jesus.

You raised your daughter in expectation of
the Messiah’s coming and encouraged her
to respond to God’s call in her life.
You prepared her to accept her call to be
the Mother of God.

Help us to be good parents and
grandparents, eager to enable our
children and grandchildren to find God’s love.

Saint Anne, bless and protect our families.

 
 

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PRAYER FOR GRANDPARENTS

“EVERY GRANDCHILD IS A GIFT FROM GOD”

Dear Saint Anne and Joachim, you who were Grandparents to Baby Jesus, pray for us. You who knew the anguish of parenthood, pray for us. Pray that we will accept the plan of the Almighty, and that we will place all our trust in the Lord, and accept the role He demands of us in life.

Pray that we may be blessed by our grandchildren and know that each one is a special gift, chosen and given by the Lord to us. Amen.

 
 

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