Catholic Sacrament of Baptism – From the very day of Pentecost the church has celebrated and administered holy Baptism. Through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies and sanctifies. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1226-7)
Baptism classes are offered the 1st Sunday of each month from 11:30 to 12:30. Call to schedule the class.
Basic Requirements for Baptism
THE FAITH OF THE PARENTS
1) Children are baptized based upon the faith of their parents which places the responsibility upon the parents for bringing the child up in the Catholic faith. Mothers and fathers are the primary religious educators of their children. Children learn from their parents to trust and love God, to love others, to do good and avoid evil. Parents should pray with their children in their home so that prayer becomes a natural part of home life and a daily routine.
2) Parents of children to be baptized are expected to be committed to the formal religious education of their children. Through our Religious Education Program, children learn about the beliefs of the Church and are prepared for the reception of the Sacraments.
3) Parents who find their faith lacking or who do not regularly participate in the Eucharistic Celebration of their parish should seriously consider holding a meeting with the pastoral leader on accepting the responsibility of raising their child in the Church. In these cases, the pastoral leader may be able to guide them through instruction and prayer to a deeper faith commitment and understanding of what the faith involves.
4) Parents who wish to have their children baptized must be registered members of the parish. They are expected to be practicing members of the faith by weekly attendance at the Saturday evening or Sunday morning liturgy. Parents are encouraged to participate in the Parish activities and be dedicated to fulfilling a Catholic life style.
A) If the parents are not registered members of our parish, but the parents have a family member who is a member, the baptism may be possible here. In this case, written permission from the pastor of the parent's home parish and his indication that they are active members of the parish is required before the baptism would be possible.
B) In cases of extreme circumstance permission may be granted for someone to be baptized with no affiliation to our parish. In this case, written permission from the pastor of the parent's home parish and his indication that they are active members of the parish may also be required.
5) If this is the couple's first child, they must attend a Baptism preparation class - To make arrangements for the class the couple will need to call the office. NOTE: They can attend class elsewhere but must have a letter from that parish with the parish seal.
6) One of the Godparents must be Catholic - if the Catholic Godparent is a registered member of our parish, nothing else is needed. If the Catholic Godparent is a member of a Catholic Church other than ours, a letter from their home Parish stating they are worthy to be sponsors is required.
7) A baptismal registration form must be completed prior to the baptism. This can be accomplished by visiting the office or over the phone.
8) Parents should give serious consideration to prospective godparents. Although family pressures often exist, godparents should be chosen primarily for their faith commitment. Their responsibility is joining with the parents and supporting the baptized person in their lifelong Christian commitment. Since the godparents are representatives of the larger Christian Community into which the child is to be baptized, they should be Catholic. For pastoral reasons, however, one godparent may be a practicing Christian of another denomination.
10) Godparents outside of the parish must obtain a written notification from the parish in which they are registered indicating that they are in good standing with the Church.