Dear Parents,

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.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

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 

PARISH 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)

 GODPARENTS: 

  1. Godparents should be chosen by parents primarily to be good religious examples to their child and not because they want to bestow a family/social honor. Godparents will be asked to assist parents in teaching the child about the Christian faith and are required to provide an example of the Christian life. As representatives of the Christian community, Godparents give witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ, in word and example.
  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)

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OUR BAPTISMS ARE ALL @ 12:15 PM – RIGHT AFTER THE 11:00 A.M. MASS

Classes are held on the Mondays prior to the baptism at 6:30 p.m.

(You must attend in order for your child to be baptized)

in the St. John the Baptist Pastoral Center 201 Hubbard Street   

DATES FOR BAPTISMS FOR2017 @ St. Elizabeth Parish

 

 

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    July 30, 2017 – Class July 24

    August 27, 2017 – Class August 21

    September 24, 2017 – Class  September 20                                                                      

   October 29, 2017 – Class October 23

   November 26, 2017 – Class November 20                                                 

   December – None – (Advent)