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Diocese Issues Norms for Celebration of Baptism for Children

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The Diocese of Raleigh has issued General Norms for the Rite of Celebration of Baptism for Children. The Norms answer many of the questions asked by parents as they prepare for the Baptism of their child. The document includes the standards required for godparents in the Diocese, where parents may go to have their children baptized and what requirements parents must fulfill in order to have their children receive the Sacrament.

In announcing the Norms, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge says, “The document offers helpful information to pastors, catechists and parents on the teaching of the Church regarding the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism for children in order that we may best provide for their initiation into our Catholic faith.“

The Norms also address other important questions that can arise, such as the validity and non-validity of baptisms performed in non-Catholic churches and ecclesial communities, and what a person can do in trying to locate a missing baptism record. In addition, the Norms assist the faithful in a unified process throughout the Diocese for the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament.