Baptism Frequently Asked Questions
Questions You May Have About Baptism
What is Baptism?
“Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church.) It is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Through Baptism, as with the other six Sacraments, we encounter the Living Christ in his passage from death to new life. By this encounter, we are freed from the power of sin and death, become members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and so rise to new life and to a new way of living.
When should we have our baby baptized?
We encourage parents to present their children for Baptism as soon as is reasonably possible after their birth. Therefore, it is a good idea to contact the parish prior to the baby’s birth so that Baptism can be scheduled in a timely fashion. However, we also realize that situations in life don’t always allow for Baptism to happen shortly after the birth of a child, and we will welcome children or adults of any age who want to be baptized. Baptisms are celebrated on the first Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM for up to 8 children.
Who can be godparents?
Godparents should be faithful people who are baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. Church law requires that at least one godparent is a full member of the Catholic Church. It is possible for the second godparent to be a member of another Christian Church. Our tradition is one godmother and one godfather. If you have questions regarding godparents, please speak to Deacon Dick Cussen. When choosing godparents, it is important to consider the responsibility of a godparent, namely, people who will support the parents in bringing this child up in the Catholic Faith and who will be a good role model for this child.
The Day of the Baptism
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the time the service is supposed to begin. 2 pews will be reserved for each family and each will marked with your child’s name. A Baptismal Team member will assist you. Baptisms usually begin promptly at the designated time.
Is a white dress or suit required?
The white garment symbolizes that your child has become a new creation in Christ in the waters of Baptism. A white garment will be provided and given to each child to be baptized.
Is there a fee for Baptism?
There is never a charge to become a member of God’s family. However, it is customary for families to offer a gift to the parish in thanksgiving for their child’s baptism and to honor their child. We are always most grateful for your generosity, no matter what your means allow.
Can we use cameras and videos at Baptism?
Cameras and videos are allowed, discrete and respectful use is requested during any Sacrament. However, the people taking photographs are asked to be courteous and not obscure the view of others.
More on Baptism: What is it?
Baptism, the first and fundamental sacrament is the gate to the other sacraments. Baptism is the purifying and sanctifying sacrament of rebirth and the means by which its recipients are incorporated into the Church in a bond of unity.
Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. It is the sacrament that frees a person from original sin and makes that person a member of Christ and His Church, thus being the way to a new and spiritual life. It is administered by immersing the recipient in water or by pouring water on the person’s head “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. One must be baptized before sharing in any of the other sacraments. Baptism is the foundation for all ministry and life in the church, and confers a commitment to follow Christ and spread his message throughout the world. Furthermore, in baptism, one is incorporated into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and thus participates in the gift of resurrection and eternal life with Christ.
Infants can be baptized soon after birth. At the time of baptism, parents vow to practice their faith and provide a Catholic upbringing for the child. Adults who have never been baptized take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil. The Catholic Church recognizes baptisms from other Christian denominations that baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, a person can only be baptized once.