“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mt 28:19-28
“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.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213
Parents who will soon be celebrating the sacrament of Baptism with their child at St. Mary should speak with Fr. Darrick after Mass about beginning preparation. Usually in one meeting, you will review the meaning of the Sacrament and its significance; as well as prepare for participation in the celebration itself. This process is a wonderful opportunity for parents, godparents and family to rejoice in the great grace of Baptism and prepare to renew their own baptismal vows. For more information and to schedule a Baptism, please contact our parish secretary, Julia DeBacker, at 970-925-7339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see Guidelines for Baptism within the Catholic Church for more details.
1. Please speak with Fr. Darrick after Mass.
He will guide you through the preparation process.
2. Complete Baptism Info Form
This information will be used to record the celebration of the sacrament in St. Mary’s official sacramental records. When your child is later confirmed and celebrates either holy matrimony or holy orders, anywhere in the world, the record of that celebration will be recorded at St. Mary’s! Download the Baptism Info Form here.
3. Complete Godparent Eligibility Form
Godparents stand as representatives of the Catholic Church during the celebration of baptism but also provide the parents with support in raising their children in the Catholic faith. This form ensures that a godparent is eligible according to the Church’s law to assume this duty. Godparents must be over 16, confirmed, in a valid sacramental marriage (if married), and be actively practicing the faith. Download the Godparent Eligibility Form here.
4. Baptism Preparation Program
When a baby is baptized, he/she is baptized based on the desire and faith of the parent(s). Because of this, we offer the opportunity to learn why we baptize, what baptism is, and what the effects and obligations are that go along with it. This preparation will inform the parents and godparents in those areas and empower them to make the promises that are proclaimed during a baptism celebration.
5. Schedule the Baptism with St. Mary’s
While the main priority is getting the child baptized, you are encouraged to pay attention to special dates, feast days, and the patron saints of those days on the liturgical calendar. God does everything for a reason and the date that your child is baptized will likely have grace-filled implications for the rest of their life!
6. Celebration of Baptism!
Congratulations to you and your little one! Today begins the life-long journey of receiving and being transformed by the radical love of God through Jesus Christ. Welcome to the family!