Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible. Except in case of necessity, the church is the usual place of baptism.

In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place, and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith. (A copy of the child’s birth certificate is necessary if the parents aren’t married).

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Code of Canon Law, cc. 867-868

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1251