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. Mary Mother of God 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. Baptisms are held on the second and third weekends of each month. Baptisms on the second weekend are group baptisms and occur after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Baptisms on the third weekend occur during all the Masses.
Step 3: Baptism Preparation
New parents, or parents who have not attended preparation in the past 3 years, are required to go through preparation. Parents will meet with an assigned mentor couple to discuss the sacrament and how to raise a child in the practice of the faith. This is a one time meeting.
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. Mary Mother of God.
Please contact Karissa Tousignant, associate director of discipleship and evangelization at Director of Faith Formation at (262) 251-0220 for information regarding First Communion
Please contact Karissa Tousignant, associate director of discipleship and evangelization at Director of Faith Formation at (262) 251-0220 for information regarding Confirmation or RCIA.
Those who are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This includes:
- Any adult not yet baptized and who wishes to become Catholic.
- Any adult baptized in another Christian Church who wishes to become Catholic.
- Any adult baptized in the Catholic Church, but not raised in the faith and who seeks complete initiation (Confirmation and First Eucharist).
Formation for RCIA includes sessions that explore the Catholic faith, prayer, and community life in the parish. Sessions typically begin in the Fall and meet until Easter. However, the journey to reception into the Church is unique to each individual. Those interested in learning more should contact the parish office.
Couples seeking marriage should call the parish office at least 9 months prior to their desired marriage date. At least one person must be a registered parishioner at the time the date is chosen. Weddings may also take place in instances where the bride or groom no longer live in the area yet desire to be married in their former parish.
Marriage Preparation Timeline
Step 1: To be completed 9 months to 1 year prior to the marriage date
- Call the parish office to set the date
- Meet with the Director of Discipleship and Evangelization to discuss the preparation process, complete initial paperwork, and pay the $100 down payment
Step 2: To be completed 4 to 6 months prior to the marriage date
- Meetings with the parish FOCCUS couple
- Participation in the Archdiocesan Engaged Encounter day/weekend
- Participation in the parish Theology of the Body informational session
Step 3: To be completed 1 to 3 months prior to the marriage date
- Baptismal certificates (and other necessary paperwork) is mailed to the parish office
- All meetings with the deacon are complete
- Liturgy planning sessions are scheduled with the presider and liturgists
- The remaining balance is paid
Helpful Marriage Preparation Links
Parishioners who are planning to have surgery or entering the hospital for other reasons are encouraged to celebrate the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick prior to hospitalization. You may also let us know if you need an anointing done in the hospital, nursing home, assisted living or hospice facility. Please call the Parish Office for arrangements.
If you are homebound, hospitalized, or prior to hospitalization, and would like a visit from the Pastoral Staff or need Anointing of the Sick, please contact the Parish Office. Our priests and Minsters will be happy to make a pastoral visit. If you can no longer get to Mass because you had to give up driving but would still love to be able to get to church, call us and we will try to pair you up with parishioners who might be able to drive you to Mass.
If you can't leave your home because of physical limitations but would like to receive Communion on a regular basis, home visits can be arranged for this. If you can receive Communion at your nursing home, assisted living center, etc., but find you miss keeping up on weekly happenings at our parish by reading our bulletin and don't have access to a computer, we would be happy to mail you a weekly copy. Don't be afraid to call us; we are here to try to help you in as many ways as possible!
The sacrament of Reconciliation also known as Penance and Confession, is a sacrament in which a priest, as the agent of God, forgives sins, when the sinner is heartily sorry for them, sincerely confesses them, and is willing to make satisfaction for them.
Reconciliation is available Saturdays in the church at 3:30 pm or anytime by appointment.