Baptism

What is Baptism?

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.1

Why is it important?

Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift… We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it is our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship.2

1 “The Sacrament of Baptism.” Catechism of the Catholic Church. New York: Doubleday, 1995.  PG 342, 1213.      2 St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oratio 40, 3-4: PG 36, 361C.

How can I schedule a Baptism for my infant or child who is 6 years of age or younger?

Baptisms are celebrated on the third Saturday of the month at 11:00AM. There are no baptisms during Lent. Baptism preparation classes are held quarterly. To reserve a space, please call Penny Lampe at the parish office.

What are the requirements for parents?

  • The family must be a member of the parish for at least 3 months prior to the Baptism.
  • Complete the “Baptismal Registration” form and attach a copy of the child’s birth certificate.
  • Attend Baptism preparation classes here or in another Catholic Church. When taking the class in another parish, you must present a certificate that indicates the attendance date. The class is valid for one year.

Note: All requirements must be submitted to the parish office at least two weeks before the baptism.

What are the requirements for sponsors?

  • Sponsors must be sixteen years of age or older
  • Must be registered as an active member of a Catholic Church and present a certificate of eligibility names “Sponsor Letter.” If the sponsor is a member of Holy Cross, you do not need to submit this requirement.
  • Attend Baptism preparation classes here or in another Catholic Church. When taking the class in another parish, you must present a certificate that indicates the attendance date. The class is valid for one year.

Important:

  • Canon 873 of the Code of Canon Law states: “Let there be only one godfather or one godmother.” The case of two same-sex godparents is not permitted.
  • Only Catholics who are practicing and faithful to the teachings of the Church can be godparents; however, a Christian of another denomination, whether orthodox or Protestant, can be a “Christian witness” of Baptism alongside a Catholic sponsor.
  • If the sponsor cannot be present, you can appoint another person to represent him or her on the day of Baptism.

What if my child is older than 6 years of age?

If you have a child in 3rd thru 12th grade that needs Baptism, then Family Special Sacraments is for you. Parents attend class with their child so that the family is learning about and sharing in their faith together. Once the family has completed one year of Faith Formation, you will be able to meet with the Faith Formation office and discern readiness for the Sacrament. Click here to find out how to register for Faith Formation.

 I am an adult but have never been baptized. What is my next step?

Attend an inquiry session of our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. Click here to find out when the next session will take place.