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Baptism for People in Peril of Dying


Any baptism is valid unless it was done by Mormons or Jehovah’s Witness.

If you are unsure that a person was baptised or not, you say “I intend to baptise you if you haven’t been baptized before, and if you have, then my intention is to not do baptize you again.”

Any person, no matter who they are (even a pagan can baptize), can baptized someone if the person is in peril of dying.

The person baptizing has to have the intention of baptizing the person.

You sprinkle them with water or pour it on them (preferably their forehead) or any part of the skin. Any water can be used, but it has to “run over the skin” it can’t just stay still when sprinkled or poured. You can also dunk there head 3 times if they are not a baby.
YOU SAY, “I BAPTIZE YOU IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.” While pouring the water and making the sign of the cross.

Infants don’t need faith, but an adult who is getting baptized must want to get baptized and have faith (believe that Jesus is the Messiah).

source: Beauty, Truth & Goodness - Fr. Robert Altier


When baptism has been administered neither by the pastor nor in his presence, the minister of the baptism, whoever that was, must inform the pastor of the parish in whose territory the baptism occured, so that the pastor may record it in accord with canon 877, §1.


To find out all the Amazing Graces of Baptism click here at Catholicity

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