“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”Matthew 28:19
Baptism is the first of the seven Sacraments. It is one of the three sacraments where we receive a “Mark” or ‘Character” on our Soul. In the Sacrament of Baptism, we are literally “Marked for Christ.” We are marked as one of His children and become a member of the “Body of Christ,” therefore, the “Body of Christ,” faith community, the should be present. Not only the parents and Godparents, but the whole community of believers has the responsibility of nurturing the child in the ways of faith. We are all witnesses to the Sacrament and of God’s infinite love and compassion for this child. Jesus said, “Let the children come to Me.” Matthew 19:14. And so it is at the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the celebration of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection, that we bring our children to Jesus that He might renew them in the Holy Spirit and make the members of His Body.
Baptisms are celebrated during Mass at our weekend liturgies or anytime by appointment.
To register your child for Baptism, please fill out the Baptism Request Form.
A pre-Baptism class is required of all first-time parents. Classes are scheduled after you meet with Fr. Jim Romanello.
Children who are older than seven years old that would like to be Baptized, please call the office for more information.
Who Can Be a Godparent?
For a simple “Guidelines for Good Godparenting” click here.
Choosing godparents for our children can be a tricky business. We want to be sure that they will be involved with our children as well as being wholesome, positive role models. The Church has some basic criteria for helping us to choose godparents. It is necessary to have one godparent, but two is customary and usual. If there is one godparent, they may be male or female. If there are two, one must be male and one female. At least one godparent must be a fully initiated, practicing Catholic, sixteen years of age or older. Fully initiated means that they must be baptized Catholic, have received Eucharist and Confirmation. The other may be a Christian of another denomination and would be recorded as a Christian witness. The godparents may not be the biological parents of the child. What happens if the godparents can not be present for the baptism? A proxy, or stand-in, may be used.
Other Resources for Baptism
by Loyola Press – provides a look at the historical, theological, physical, and cultural understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism
Sacraments 101: Why We Baptize (video) – Busted Halo