The Sacrament of Baptism
WELCOME TO THE INFANT BAPTISM INFORMATION PAGE
AT ST. MARY’S/ST. PATRICK’S
Children under seven are welcomed into a Christian life in the Catholic Church through the sacrament of Holy Baptism. You may be looking at having your first child baptized…or you may be welcoming anew addition to your growing family.
You may already be a member of St. Mary’s/St. Patrick’s or you may be new to the parish. As you prepare for the Baptism of your child we invite you to participate in the life of the parish of St. Mary’s/St Patrick’s through attendance at Mass and other parish activities that are noted in the bulletin. We, the parishioners, want to get to know you and your family as we prepare to receive your child into the family of Christ. Baptism is so much a part of being in community that participation in the life of the parish is encouraged.
Baptism preparation assists parents in reflecting on their faith and their new role in leading their child into the life of discipleship. The main teacher for your child is you, the parent. It is through your life and faith that your children will grow in relationship with God and the church. At Baptismal Preparation, you will meet other young families and be given some resources for faithful living.
St. Mary’s/St. Patrick’s is moving toward strengthening the family of faith through an enhanced Baptism Preparation Plan. This effort is in union with Bishop LaValley’s Priority Two of the Vision of the Diocese, “Strengthening Faith Formation in Family Life” by providing family catechesis for the Seven Sacraments.
Quarterly sessions will be held for all families requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for their children.
We are asking families to call the parish office before or shortly after the child is born and at least three months prior to requesting a date for the Baptism. The three month notice allows time for the family to participate in Baptism Preparation sessions as well as to participate in the life of the parish. The quarterly sessions will be facilitated by Bob & Mary Farrington, Lay Ministers and members of St. Mary’s.
Goals of Baptism Preparation:
“• To help parents understand the importance of baptism in their own lives and in the life of their baby.
• To help parents and godparents understand the stages and symbols of the rite of baptism.
• To help parents and godparents understand their roles in the spiritual upbringing of the child.
• To address the most commonly asked questions concerning baptism.”
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What happens at Baptism?
In the Sacrament of Baptism the child receives sanctifying grace. The waters of baptism are not magic, all of the Sacraments of the Catholic Church celebrate what God is already doing in our lives. Baptism celebrates that the parents wish to bring their child into the Christian faith as well as a specific local community.
What about Godparents?
We talk more of this in the sessions. Your child can have 1 or 2 Godparents.
At least one of the Godparents would be:
1. A fully initiated Catholic having received baptism, 1
st Eucharist and Confirmation
2. At least 16
3. Not the child’s parent
4. It is also encouraged that the Godparent(s) be actively participating in their faith.
Please reflect on the following questions prior to Baptism Preparation Sessions as they will be discussed during our time together.
- What does it mean to become a member of God’s family?
- How can the parish community create a Christian atmosphere for the child as they grow up? (How do you want your child to be treated in church?)
- Why is baptism of your child into the Catholic faith important to you?
- What do you expect of the Catholic faith community in being a part of your child's life?
- What are your expectations of yourself as a parent in raising your child within the faith tradition?
- How can the community of St. Mary's/St. Patrick’s support you as a parent?
For more information, please contact the Pastor: