Having Your Baby Baptized
The Baptism of infants and children who have not yet reached the age of reason has been practiced since the beginning of Christianity. Scripture provides implicit evidence of this practice when it mentions the Baptism of entire households… (Acts 18:8, 1 Cor 1:16). (The Association for Catechumenal Ministry – handout on Infant Baptism)
Baptisms are held on the second and third Sunday of the month following the noon Mass. Baptism class is held on the first Monday of every other month in the convent basement. We begin with a light dinner at 6:30 p.m. If you are a registered parishioner and wish to have your child baptized, please contact the rectory to register to attend a Baptism class. Upcoming classes are: November 4, 2013, and in 2014, January 6, March 3, and May 5.
Godparents: Canon Law states that there is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each (Canon 873). Godparent/sponsor must be sixteen, a confirmed Catholic who has received the sacrament of the Eucharist , and leads a life of faith. They cannot be the father or mother of the one to be baptized or bound by any canonical penalty. (Canon 874-1) A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism. (Canon 874-2)
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing the 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; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.” Mt 28:18-20
Adults Seeking Baptism or Entrance into the Catholic Church
Adults who seek to be baptized are prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The Catholic Church recognizes VALID baptisms in other Christian Churches. If you are an adult who seeks entrance into the Catholic Church and have already been validly baptized you will not need to be “re-baptized”. RCIA will provide the avenue by which you gain entrance into the Catholic Church.