"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"
- Mt 28:19
We are delighted by your interest in finding out more about Baptism for your child! Deciding to baptize your child means that you are willing to take on the responsibility of raising your child in the Catholic Faith. It is the beginning of your child’s journey of faith which will last a lifetime.
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STEP ONE: Baptism Registration Form and Choosing a Godparent(s).
Then choose your child’s Godparents. A godparents role is to support the parents in the Catholic upbringing of their child and he/ she is called to model what it means to live as a Catholic Christian. Therefore, a Godparent must be a practicing Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and must be mature enough (at least 16 years of age) to undertake this role. Only one Godparent is required, however, if you do choose two, it should be one godmother and one godfather. If choosing a second godparent, they must also be Catholic or a validly baptized Christian and would then serve as a Christian Witness. A married Godparent, must have been married in the Catholic Church. For more information on Baptism and Godparents please visit the following link.
STEP TWO: Gathering Required Documents
We will need the following documents: – Copies of Catholic parent(s) baptismal certificate; – Copies of the Godparent(s) (and if applicable, Christian Witness’s) baptismal certificate: – Godparent(s) received the Sacrament of Confirmation; – Copy of your child’s birth certificate.
STEP THREE: Interview with Parish Priest.
Once you have all the required documents, call the parish office.securely attach all the required documents listed below and place them in the secure black mailbox outside the front door of the church OR the black mailbox inside the church near the office window. We will then phone you (using the phone number you provide on the baptismal registration form) to arrange a VIRTUAL baptism interview with Fr Laszlo or the Associate Pastor using Zoom. During this appointment, you will be given information on available dates & times and receive information on the Baptismal Preparation.
Required Documents to bring with you to the interview: – Completed Baptism Registration Form; – Completed Parish Registration Form (if applicable); – Copies of Catholic parent(s) baptismal certificate; – Copies of the Godparent(s) (and if applicable, Christian Witness’s) baptismal certificate; – Copy of your child’s birth certificate.
STEP FOUR: Baptism Preparation Course
You and your child’s godparent(s) are encouraged to spend time reflecting on your own faith experience, your relationship with God, and how this child will share that experience. You should be committed to practicing your faith, growing in the knowledge of your faith, and deepening your own prayer life and that of your family. Without such a commitment, the Baptism of your child will be simply a special day, rather than the beginning of a life-long journey of faith.
BAPTISM PREP COURSE: We understand the demands of juggling faith, family & work which is why we designed an ONLINE Baptismal Preparation Course that the parents and godparents, can watch on their own time from the comfort of their home. It includes a series of engaging videos followed by short questions on the message to help you reflect.
BAPTISM PREP SESSION: Once the online course is completed, parents and godparents are called for a session at the church on the 1st Sunday of the month right after the 12:30 Mass. (Will take place as a group on ZOOM until further notice).
STEP FIVE: Baptism Ceremony
Baptisms take place on the 2nd & 3rd Sunday of each month. You will receive confirmation of the date that your child’s baptism will take place from Father during your Baptism Interview. Until further notice, up to a maximum of 4 children may be baptized during the same ceremony. Family & friends will be permitted to attend provided proper social distancing practices are maintained. Masks are mandatory.
Baptism is so much more than a simple ceremony – Baptism is the bases of the whole Christian life! Please watch these very short videos to help you learn more about this important sacrament! 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: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” CCC 1213.