Baptism

Baptism

“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).

Infant Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism celebrates the very essence of our Christian Faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It initiates one into the body of Christ, the parish faith community. Since the parents’ decision to bring their child into the church entails the important responsibility of raising their child in the faith, St. Anthony has the following guidelines in place to ensure that parents have an understanding of the commitment they are undertaking.

Step 1: Parish Registration
All families must be registered members of St. Mary Mother of God Parish to have their child baptized. Family registration ensures that a sacramental record of the baptism is kept at the parish; this is required by Church law. Registration is free and does not require a financial commitment. 

Step 2: Scheduling the Baptism and Paperwork
Please call the parish office to schedule the baptism at least 2 months before the desired date. Additional paperwork will be mailed or emailed to you for the certificate and godparent information. 

Step 3: Baptism Preparation
New parents, or parents who have not attended preparation in the past 3 years, are required to go through preparation. 

Step 4: Godparent Approval
Godparents are an important part of a child's baptism and faith journey. Through the sacrament, the godparent is raised to the level of the parent in terms of guiding and mentoring the child in the practice of the faith. Therefore, a godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. If two godparents are chosen, one must be male and one female, and at least one must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. A sponsor approval form is needed for Catholic godparents who are not members at St. Anthony.