Baptism

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.  (Matthew 28:19)

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

Infant baptism is for children younger than 7 years old.  Parents and Godparents commit to raise their child in the faith.  For children older 7 years of age, they need to complete one year of Religious Education and one year of sacramental preparation before the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated.

Adults 18 years and older prepare for Baptism through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).

Fill out the Baptism application and return it 2 months in advance to the office.

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You do not need the baptism preparation class if:

  • You have received the baptism preparation class in the last 2 years. Proof or certificate of having attended Baptism Preparation Class must be presented.
  • If your child is over 7 years old, he / she needs to complete one year in our Religious Education Program and one year of sacramental preparation including some additional meeting with Fr. Ryan or one of our deacons before the Sacrament of Baptism is received.

The donation for Baptism is $10.

Godparent Information:
The Catholic Church requires the following of Godparents: (canon 874.1)

  • The godparents are to be chosen by the parents, guardians or pastor.
  • They are to be at least sixteen years of age.
  • Be a fully initiated Catholic (received Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation)
  • They should be leading a life in harmony with the faith; i.e., practicing Catholics (attending Mass), if married, in a valid Catholic Marriage, etc.
  • They may not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
  • You may choose one or two godparents. If you choose two, one must be male and the other female.

**Non-Catholic Witness (Canon 874.2) A baptized person belonging to a non-Catholic ecclesial (church) community may be admitted as a witness to baptism but only along with a Catholic Godparent. This person is not formally called a Godparent, but will be referred to as a Christian Witness.

 

 


Parents and godparents must participate in the Baptismal Preparation Class.  Call the parish office at 920-733-8568 for dates of Baptism Preparation.

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