Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you look forward to and plan for your child’s Baptism. It is natural for you to want to give the very best to your child, and we are glad that providing for your child includes a deep concern for his/her spiritual life. The joy and peace that comes from a relationship with God is the best gift that your child could ever receive. Your child is fortunate to have you plan for his/her spiritual growth by making these preparations for Baptism. Baptism is considered the single most important religious moment in the life of a person. Our parish community wants your child to have a close relationship with God and we are committed to offering you all the help we can give. Our prayers are with your family
WHAT IS 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 children of God; we become members of Christ and are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1213)
WHAT IS THE DONATION TO THE CHURCH?
Many parents and godparents inquire about a donation to the Church on the occasion of a child’s Baptism. Although there is no stipend requested, donations are gratefully accepted.
When an adult is baptized, Baptism follows a rigorous period of instruction. In contrast, when a child is baptized, the Baptism precedes instruction. In light of this, the Church requires that parents give the assurance that, upon the child’s Baptism, the child will be given every benefit of Christian and Catholic upbringing. The primary responsibility of raising a child in the ways of faith rests with the parents. This obligation begins with Baptism and extends all the way into adulthood. Our parish is always happy to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children in the ways of faith.
If parents are not able to give this assurance or make this solemn commitment to the Church, they should consider delaying Baptism until they are prepared to make a serious commitment to undertake these responsibilities
Church law permits priests to baptize the children of parents who are active, registered for at least three months and practicing members of our Church. We require that all parents attend a preparation class prior to baptism. (see information below)
2. The parish is responsible to make parents aware of the requirements concerning Godparents: (A) Only one male Godfather and one female Godmother should be chosen. (B) At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic (which means that he/she must have been baptized, received their Confirmation and First Communion and must be actively practicing their Catholic religion). (C) The birth mother or the father of a child are not permitted to serve as a Godparent.(D) Parents may choose one Godparent (Christian Witness) that is of another CHRISTIAN religion whom they determine will be a good example of Christian living for their child. (Canon Laws 872-874)
DATES FOR BAPTISMS FOR 2016 @ St. Elizabeth Parish
OUR BAPTISMS ARE ALL @ 12:15 PM – RIGHT AFTER THE 11:00 A.M. MASS
Classes are held on the Mondays prior at 6:30 p.m.
in the St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center 201 Hubbard Street
June 26, 2016 – Class June 20
July 31, 2016 – Class July 25
August 28, 2016 – Class August 22
September 25, 2016 – Class Sept. 19
October 30, 2016 – Class Oc. 17
November 20, 2016 – Class Nov. 14
December – None (Advent)