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Baptism

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baptismThe Sacrament of 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.  Baptism brings one into faith.  "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."  Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in the Church's mission; "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

What is baptism?
What are the requirements for the parents or guardians?
What are the requirements for the godparents?
Where can I find a list of upcoming baptismal preparation classes?
What if I have a non-Catholic Christian I wish to be my child's godparent?
What if I have a non-Christian I wish to be my child godparent?
What if I belong to a differnt parish and want to have my child baptized at Sacred Heart?
When are baptisms scheduled at Sacred Heart?
Are there any forms that I should complete?
Need additional information?

What is baptism?

Baptism, comes from the Greek word 'baptizein' meaning to "plunge" or "immerse."  To "plunge" into the water symbolizes the individual's burial into Christ's death, from which we also rise up by resurrection with Him, as a "new creation."

"Baptism is God's most beautiful and magnificent gift... We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and the 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." St. Gregory of Nazianzus.

Christ sent his apostles so that "repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations" (Luke 24:47). "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).

What are the requirements for the parents or guardians?

Before a child can be baptized, the parents or guardians (including godparents) must attend a baptismal preparation class.  This course can be taken outside of Sacred Heart if necessary.

This baptismal preparation class is aimed at providing information about baptism and an opportunity for discussion about the meaning of Christian Baptism for infants.  This course is also intended to highlight the responsibilities of parents and godparents as primary teachers and role models of the faith.  Attending a baptismal preparation class is mandatory if you wish to have your child baptized at Sacred Heart.

The baptismal preparation class is scheduled once a month (excluding December) starting at 6:00 pm and concluding at 7:30 pm. The class meets in the Fellowship Room in the church.  Children are welcome to accompany their paents to the class; however, daycare is provided for those who need it.  For parents and godparents whose child will be baptized at another church, a letter of attendance will be given at the conclusion of the class.  This class does not have to be repeated for subsequent children.

What are the requirements for the godparents?

Only one godparent is required for baptism.  If two godparents are chosen, one must be Catholic.  To be qualifed to serve as a sponsor, a person must:

  • Be appointed as such by the appropriate person or priest.
  • As a rule, be not less than sixteen years of age.
  • Be a Catholic who has received First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation, and who lives a life of faith befitting the role of a godparent.
  • Not labor under any canonical penalties.
  • Not be the mother or father of the one to be baptized.

Godparents who did not attend our baptismal preparation class must provide a certificate of completion from their home parish.  Godparents who are not parishioners of Sacred Heart must also provide a sponsor letter from their home parish stating they are members of that parish.

Where can I find a list of upcoming baptismal preparation classes?

Upcoming classes are posted in the weekly church bulletin, and you can also find a list on the right-hand side of this page.

What if I have a non-Catholic Christian I wish to be my child's godparent?

You are allowed to have a non-Catholic Christian witness if you only choose one Catholic godparent.  The Christian witness is required to have celebrated baptism and be an active member of a Christian faith community.  Non-Catholic Christian witnesses are required to attend the baptism preparation class as well.

What if I have a non-Christian I wish to be my child's godparent?

A person who is non-Christian is not permitted to be your child's godparent or Christian witness because he/she does not have a committed faith in Jesus Christ.  A godparent is not just someone who provides good advice or helps with the caring of the child.  This person should foster the gift of faith in Jesus Christ given to the child at baptism, helping to make this faith a guiding light and strength for your child.

What if I belong to a different parish and want to have my child baptized at Sacred Heart?

Wonderful! You are welcomed!  However, out of courtesy to your home parish, you must obtain a letter from your parish Priest granting you permission to have your child baptized outside of your parish.

When are baptisms scheduled at Sacred Heart?

After completing the Baptism preparation classes you will schedule the Baptism with the priest.  Baptisms may be private or done during one of the weekend Masses.

Are there any forms that I should complete?

Yes.  A Baptismal registration form which will be provided to you after completing the preparation class.  If you are not  registered member at Sacred Heart Church and consider us your home parish you must complete a Parish Registration form as well.

When does the birth certificate need to be submitted?  Must be submitted with the Baptismal registration form.

Need additional information?

Contact: Michelle MacKeller

Checklist

  1. Must be a registered family of Sacred Heart Church.
  2. Provide a permission letter from home parish if you do not attend and are not registered with Sacred Heart Church but wish to have your child baptized at Sacred Heart.
  3. Provide a copy of the child's birth certificate.
  4. One godparent must be Catholic.
  5. Provide a certificate of completion for the Baptism Class from godparents who live out-of-town and do not take the class at Sacred Heart.
  6. Provide a Sponsor letter from the godparents home parish stating that they are members of that parish and qualified to act as a sponsor in the sacrament of baptism.
  7. Complete a baptism registration form and submit it to the church office.
  8. Schedule the baptism with a priest or deacon.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 12:01

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