Baptism is the first of the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Baptism welcomes the person into the Church community. The baptised person becomes a member of the Body of Christ – the Church, with all the rights and responsibilities it brings.
It is traditional in the Roman Catholic Church that parents bring children to Baptism. The parents participate in a formation programme so that they understand their role as the ‘first educators of faith’ in the home. Adults interested in Baptism are walked with through the process of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – often referred to as RCIA.