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Can we have our baby Christened or Baptised at home?

By evessunshine - 2 December 2010 34

Hi All, just wondering if it is possible to have our baby Christened or Baptised at home (not 100% on the difference?), and if anyone can recommend a priest in Canberra who will do this?

We don’t attend church, and aren’t very religious but would like to have our daughter baptised in a private ceremony in our garden.

Thanks for your help 🙂

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loubird22 10:37 am 03 Dec 10

We let our kids choose their own political direction, why not the same with religion? Spare the kid and let him choose for himself when he can think for himself, especially since you aren’t particularly religious. What’s the point? Have a party just to celebrate that he is here, cut the mumbo jumbo out.

housebound 9:44 am 03 Dec 10

liability said :

@ housebound

If you have have ever seen an enrollment form for a Catholic school you will see that there is no question as to whether the student has been baptised.

I have. There is such a question (or there sued to be, anyway). The grandchildren missed out on a place (high school) because of that exact reason. It put them too far down the ranking, despite having been at a catholic primary school for several years.

Jethro 8:17 am 03 Dec 10

Jethro said :

p1 said :

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

I believe Hinduism in India means that it specialises in recycling babies.

I am an idiot. Took me a while…..

cleo 1:33 am 03 Dec 10

The Church of England minister came out to my mothers home when my baby brother was very ill, we thought that he would die, lucky for us he survived, he had cerberal meningitis

liability 9:27 pm 02 Dec 10

@ housebound

You don’t have to be Catholic to be enrolled at a Catholic school. Probably 30% of students in Catholic schools are non-Catholic.

If you have have ever seen an enrollment form for a Catholic school you will see that there is no question as to whether the student has been baptised.

Jethro 8:36 pm 02 Dec 10

p1 said :

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

I believe Hinduism in India means that it specialises in recycling babies.

Jethro 8:36 pm 02 Dec 10

p1 said :

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

I believe India specialises in recycling babies.

Fiona 7:17 pm 02 Dec 10

*head hurts*

I don’t get it.

Go the naming ceremony if you have to have something. I don’t get the religion thing, and many of the other commenters have good points about reasons that you won’t be able to do it at home.

Pork Hunt 6:28 pm 02 Dec 10

Wait till she 18 and give her the choice instead of labelling them this and that when they have no say.

housebound 5:00 pm 02 Dec 10

The thing about catholic school enrolments is 100% right – having your baby baptised gets you higher up the priority list. It can be the difference between getting into a catholic high school and not. Being enrolled in a catholic primary school isn’t always enough these days.

Of course, if there is no chance your child would go to a catholic high school, then it won’t matter. (And such a mercenary way to get your school of choice)

Roguelette 4:30 pm 02 Dec 10

Something else to consider (based on a friends experience) some priests will not christen a child if the parents are not married.

p1 3:03 pm 02 Dec 10

LadyoftheLake said :

The difference? Catholics get Baptised and other Christians get Christened…. If you don’t know the difference you really shouldn’t bother. Oh unless you want to get your kids in Catholic schools.

Really, I would have thought Baptists would get baptised and catholics, ermmm, licked?

LadyoftheLake 3:00 pm 02 Dec 10

The difference? Catholics get Baptised and other Christians get Christened…. If you don’t know the difference you really shouldn’t bother. Oh unless you want to get your kids in Catholic schools.

p1 2:50 pm 02 Dec 10

neanderthalsis said :

Jethro said :

If you are a Christian you can baptise him/her yourself. You don’t need a priest.
Although, why you would baptise your child is beyond me.
Particularly since the church abolsihed limbo…. (although I’m not sure what happened to all the babies that got sent there before it was abolished?)

They’re in a holding pattern around Saturn (hence the rings of stardust) waiting for admission to heaven; which has a “you must be this tall to ride” sign next to the gates.

I thought limbo was outsourced to India, was caught trying to re-enter illegally, and is not in a detention centre. Which makes sense when you think about it.

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