Baptism

 

 

Baptism “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” washes away original sin, begins a life of grace, and introduces the baptized into the Catholic Church.

“As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.”

Parents and godparents are the primary teachers of the faith and, with Baptism, commit themselves to helping the baptized to grow in faith throughout their lives. Baptism is received only once because their effects are meant to last a lifetime.

A.  Baptism arrangements for dates and times are made through the rectory office and should be made well in advance.  Sponsors/Godparents are required to obtain a Testimonial or Sponsor letter from their pastors indicating they are participating Catholics and have received the sacrament of Confirmation.

B. Baptisms are held on the following days:

    1. St. Jerome Church:
      2nd Sundays of the month during the 11:00 am mass, and
      4th Sundays of the month after the 11:00 am mass
    2. St. Mary’s Church:
      1st Sundays of the month during the 10:00 mass, and
      3rd Sundays of the month after the 10:00 mass

C.  First time Parents  (See below for Baptismal preparation classes)

    1. As the first in the Catholic Church’s Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism is a time of special joy and blessing for each family. In seeking baptism for their child, parents make a public promise to journey with them, to be their first teachers, and to offer a guiding hand. In baptism, a child will be welcomed into our Church family. Because as members of the Church we are all connected to each other, our community is committed to partner with the family in nurturing the faith of a child. We provide families with the resources, guidance, and Sacramental preparation needed to continue to raise your child in the Catholic Faith.
    2. The first step in arranging a baptism is to be sure the parents are registered parishioners.  If you are not yet registered, Parish Registration forms are available under the “Our Parish” tab of our Website or at any parish office (School, Religious Ed, Rectory or in the church sacristy). After filling it out, just mail it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket.

DA note about Sponsor Letters:  The Church takes very seriously the important role of being a sponsor for the Sacraments of Initiation.  A sponsor must be someone who can represent the Church in the continuing faith formation of those entrusted to their care. Choosing a sponsor would be based on the person’s dedication to the Faith and regular practice thereof. For those seeking letters of eligibility as Sacramental Sponsors, you must be:

    1.   16 years or older
    2.   a fully initiated (Confirmed) member of the Catholic Church in Full Communion
    3.   if married, the marriage must be one recognized by the Catholic Church
    4.   registered parishioner who regularly practices your faith and attends Mass regularly.

E.  We cannot grant letters of eligibility to prospective Sacramental Sponsors if these criteria are not met.

F.   Baptismal Preparation ClassTo help understand the full meaning of baptizing a child in the Catholic faith, all first-time parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class. Baptismal prep classes are held on the first Tuesday of each month and led by one of our priests or deacons. Registration is required and both parents are expected to attend.  Attendance to a Baptismal prep class is mandatory. If you are unable to attend a class at our parish, please find another Catholic Church that offers the class and provide written confirmation from that parish of your attendance.  Please contact the parish office to schedule a class.