Sacrament of Baptism
“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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).
In Baptism we celebrate being reborn as sons and daughters of God. Through this beautiful sacrament we become members of the Church and share in its mission—to spread the Gospel through our lives in the world. Baptism is the sacramental foundation of the Christian life. All we see, hear and do in this sacrament is an outward expression of God’ unseen works.
Parishioners anticipating the birth or adoption of a child are required to attend baptismal preparation sessions and are asked to contact the parish office no less than three months prior to when they want their child baptized. Sessions are currently held on as ‘as needed’ basis with individual families. During these sessions we gain a better understanding of Baptism and the Rite of Baptism by going all the way back to story of creation!
Catholics will most often be baptized as infants—when a baby is baptized the parents and godparents speak for the child, expressing the desire for Baptism. Infant Baptism emphasizes Christ’s desire to “let the little ones come to me” and emphasizes the important role of family and community in our life of faith.
Parents seeking baptism for their child need to be registered as members at one of our cluster parishes, or they must obtain a letter of permission from their pastor before the baptism if they are registered members of a parish outside of our cluster. At least one of the Godparents must be a practicing Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
As the Rite of Baptism states: Parents, you are the first teachers of your child in the ways of faith. May you also be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what you say and do. This witness includes weekly worship, daily prayer, parish membership, living according to Christian morality and the conscious love of God and neighbor. There is no substitute for your faith, example, or teaching.
Please contact Adele at the Cluster Office at 715-479-8704, or [email protected] or complete the request form online.