Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!
Our Catholic Community joins you in thanking God for the gift of new life and looks forward to celebrating the baptism of your child. The following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ and his Church.
About The Sacrament of Baptism
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. Those Baptized are reborn as children of God, become part of the family of Jesus, become members of the Church and share in the mission of the Church.
Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the “Sacraments of Initiation.” A Sacrament is a visible sign of God’s presence, God’s activity in our lives, in the Church and in our world. But it goes beyond that! Sacraments not only show us what God is like and what God dreams for us; Sacraments also make that happen!
Baptism (together with Confirmation and Eucharist) reveals how God wants each of us to belong to Him! This connection with God also connects us to every other Baptized person prompting us to care for others and form a community of faith and love with other believers that continue to reveal God's love to the world.
Baptism also reveals our purpose in life: to know, love and serve God in all kinds of ways, but especially through one another.
The prayers of Baptism demonstrate how the love of parents for their child reflect the way God looks at each person.
How to register your child for the Sacrament of Baptism
The following directions apply to infants and children under 12 years of age. Children in grades six or above, having reached the age of reason, will instead prepare to receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation, i.e. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
At St. Joseph Church, parents are welcome to present their children to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Recognizing the busy lives of many families, the process of preparing for Baptism is flexible. Most of the preparation is completed at home at whatever pace the parents feel comfortable with through a video series called 'Reborn'. The videos are accessed online and can be streamed to most any device. Directions for accessing the videos will be given in a preparation package.
The preparation process begins with just two steps:
Upon completing the package, parents should contact the parish to make arrangements to participate in a 45 minute preparation session and to set a date for the baptism.
Children from other parishes
Families who do not live in the region served by St. Joseph Church and do not normally worship at St. Joseph Church will be asked to obtain a letter of blessing or permission from their parish priest.
Is there any kind of fee?
No child will be denied the Sacrament of Baptism for financial reasons. However, parents are asked to provide a $50 stipend to the parish. Using a provided envelope, this stipend can be delivered to the parish office or to the parish priest at the end of a Sunday Mass.
Who can be a Godparent?
The requirements for Godparents are:
When parents are considering who to select as Godparents for their child, sometimes they recognize qualities within a non-Catholic that would make for a good Godparent. A baptized person belonging to a non-Catholic Christian community may be included as a witness to a baptism so long as the one to be baptized also has a Catholic Godparent. This Christian Witness makes the same promises as a Godparent would, participates in the ritual in the same way as a Godparent and are recorded in the baptismal register along with the Godparent as a Christian Witness.
Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
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