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Typically, individuals are brought to the Church by their parents to be baptised as infants in the first months of their life. This takes place during Sunday Mass or at another ceremony in which the family and the parish join in declaring their faith and expressing their desire that God share His life with this child by incorporating him or her into Christ. If this is a first child, parents undergo a period of preparation before the baptism takes place.
Once children reach the age of discretion (generally around age 7) the Church recognises that they are capable of a greater degree of understanding and personal desire for baptism. These children are enrolled in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children which involves a period of preparation beginning in the Autumn, leading to reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion in one ceremony, usually during the Easter Vigil.
Adults who wish to be baptised enrol for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. They undergo a period of instruction and preparation leading to reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion in one ceremony, usually during the Easter Vigil.
Adults who have been baptised in another Christian denomination and who desire to be received into the Catholic Church also enrol for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and undergo the same period of instruction and preparation leading to Confirmation and Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil.