The Sacrament of Baptism
The entire Christian life springs forth as a new life in Christ through Baptism
(Catechism of the Catholic Church 1254).
We joyfully welcome you and your child into the life of Christ and the Church through the gift of Baptism! As Catholics, we celebrate Sacraments as the visible sign of the graces and gifts that Jesus gives us. The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the Seven Sacraments and as stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and made sharers in her mission…” (CCC 1213).
To arrange a Baptism at St. Margaret Mary Parish (SMMP), please review the following before contacting the Parish Office:
ADULTS AND CHILDREN AGE 7 & OLDER:
If you are an adult or your child is age seven or older, and you wish to seek the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact our Director of Adult Faith Formation, Kelly Reznicek at email@example.com.
INFANTS AND CHILDREN UNDER AGE 7: Before contacting the Parish Office, please:
- Review the Baptism process and requirements.
- Review the information about godparents.
- Watch the brief Baptism Welcome Video for Parents.
- Narrow down the top three Sunday dates that work for your family and the godparent(s).
BAPTISM PROCESS & REQUIREMENTS
- Infants and children through age six will be baptized in a ceremony.
- Baptisms must be arranged with a parent of the child.
- Baptisms must be scheduled at least one month in advance.
- Baptisms typically take place every Sunday after the 11:00am Mass, around 12:15pm.
- The Baptismal Preparation Program is required for all parents, including parents who have already had other children baptized, unless it is within 3 years. The program includes short on-line videos and one in-person meeting. An email will be sent with more information, after you contact the parish to schedule the Baptism.
- There is a suggested offering of $50 for the church, which can be brought to the Baptismal Preparation meeting.
THE QUALIFICATIONS AND ROLE OF CATHOLIC GODPARENTS (SPONSORS)
The important role of godparents extends beyond the Baptismal ceremony. He or she will help the parents in raising the child in the Catholic faith. A godparent should be someone who can be a good example and spiritual mentor for your child. Being a good godparent is ultimately about witnessing to one’s own relationship with Jesus and the Church.
According to Canon Law of the Catholic Church, the minimum requirements for godparents are:
- He/she should be at least 16 years of age.
- He/she must be a fully initiated Catholic (having received all three Sacraments of Initiation -Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist).
- He/she must be a practicing Catholic, leading a life of faith.
- Only one fully initiated Catholic godparent is required (if two, only one male and one female).
- If the second godparent is not fully initiated, or is a baptized, non-Catholic Christian, he or she is considered a Christian witness.
- Non-baptized persons may not be a sponsor for Baptism, since they themselves are not baptized.
- If a godparent cannot be present, the parents may appoint another person (a proxy) to represent him/her.
- Parents cannot be the child’s godparents.