Baptism

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It really depends upon your specific branch or denomination of Christianity.  Some Christian denominations (including my church) do not baptize infants but, rather, dedicate them.  (The individuals then are able to choose later if they wish to be baptized as a follower of Jesus Christ.)  From what I’ve been told, those in the Greek Orthodox faith urge that infants be baptized almost immediately.

Whatever services and events that you end up having, and regardless of the timing involved, I would suggest that you plan to send invitations to all of the guests you wish to invite.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  Brielle.
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

 It varies a lot. Baptizing as an infant is done in my church (Lutheran) but not in Catholic churches. In the Lutheran churches, babies are usually baptized a few months after their born (2-6 months typically). You can send invites say 2-4 weeks beforehand but they are not necessary, especially if it’s not many people. Traditionally everyone would be at church anyway so invites aren’t needed.  In my family aunts/uncles/cousins/gpas of the parents are invited plus immediate family. In FI’s family only the siblings, parents, and gpas of the parents are invited. Typically you should host a lunch and celebration following the baptism either in your home or at the church. It depends on your religion but most have godparents who promise to encourage the child in their faith throughout their life. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

Depends on the faith. Orthodox Christians typically baptize their babies anywhere from 3-12 mos. In my family, I’ve seen both very large baptisms where hundreds of pple are invited and there’s a large sit-down banquet afterwards w/ very intimate ones w/ a luncheon. If you have a specific list of pple you need/want to make sure invited, then you need to take the initiative to make sure they get at least a phone call about it explaining when/where. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

MrsN14: It’s actually quite common and I’m pretty sure the norm to baptize an infant in the Catholic Church. As first time Catholic parents we had to take a class before they would schedule the date, every parent was currently pregnant and planned to baptize within the first 3 months, most were opting for the first 3 WEEKS but hesitated setting the date as they weren’t sure baby would come on time.

I’m Catholic, our due date is April 2nd but our parish will not baptise during lent so we are waiting until the first Sunday after Easter. The family always gets together on Easter so we are going to make sure everyone is aware as well as send an evite which is more of an FYI simply because we don’t want to upset anyone. We plan to have people over to the house afterward for a small gathering.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

megz06:  I’m Roman Catholic and recently stood as Godmother for my best friend’s little boy.  He was about 2 months at his baptism although her daughter was a little over 6 months. They did it when her brother who was standing as Godfather would be here as he lives on the other side of the country. I don’t think there is a normal age but typically before a year.  I’d go earlier rather than later.  I was baptized at 2 weeks.

Catholic baptisms tend to be at regular church services.  My friend only have their parents, siblings and me invited to both.  Other baptisms I’ve seen at church didn’t have a lot of people either.  Immediate family and a close friend or two.  I did not get a formal invitation.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends what time your service is. Ours are at 10:30am so service gets out between 11:30-12 and that would be lunch time so typically pastas, salads, breads, etc are served, but if it’s not a meal time then just cake and drinks would be fine. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

megz06:  10:30 is still early enough, you could just have like donuts, muffins, pastries, coffee and juice if you wanted

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

MrsN14:  Catholics baptize infants. I was baptized as a baby and my catholic friends baptized their children. Usually within 6 months or so. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

MrsN14:  Actually infants are baptized in the Catholic church. I’m not sure why you think they aren’t? My daughter was baptized 2 months after birth.

To the OP- We sent invites and hosted a lunch reception. We invited immediate family only and very close friends so it didn’t get too big.

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