For more information or to schedule a Baptism, please contact:
email: Kelly Huber
Celebrating your Child’s Baptism
Welcome to Baptism – the sacrament that opens the door of faith to your child! God reaches out to us in all kinds of ways. The desire in your heart to baptize your child is one of them. The promises you make for your child on this day will begin to form your child into a faith-filled and faithful follower of Christ. But the day of baptism is only the beginning of your role. Being baptized is literally a life-changing event – and not just for your child.
When you contact the parish to arrange your child’s baptism, you will be asked your connection to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. We place much emphasis on your own practice of the faith and belonging to a faith community. This is twofold, you are your child's first teachers in faith. Whatever your level of faith commitment at this point, the baptism of your child will offer a great opportunity to deepen your appreciation and experience of the faith.
Secondly, we as Catholics are called to witness to our faith and share our faith with others. As a community, all of us by virtue of our own baptism are called to proclaim the faith and teach it to our little ones. Community – from the smallest domestic church, your immediate family, to your child’s wider world; encompassing the godparents, grandparents, relatives, and friends, to the whole parish, and yes, to the universal Church as the body of Christ – is what we’re all about, and what we’re eager to share with you.
For this reason, we ask parents and godparents to take their roles seriously.
PRE-JORDAN (Baptism preparation) SESSIONS
To help you understand your role as parents we find it essential that you attend a Pre-Jordan session. Couples sometimes find it easier to attend this session before the baby is born. Either way, we ask that you attend a session before we schedule a baptismal date. You will not only have a better understanding of the sacrament, but you will be able to walk through the ritual in the church before the big day. Sessions are typically offered the second Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm.
WHAT IS THE GODPARENT’S ROLE?
The ones you choose to be godparents or sponsors for your child should be people who are good, patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic witnesses of the faith. Both godparents should be Catholics who have received the sacrament of confirmation. A non-Catholic Christian can also stand as a witness for a Catholic child, as long as the other sponsor is a confirmed Catholic. Non-Christians cannot stand as sponsors, because the rite calls for affirming belief in the Trinity, and non-Christians do not have that belief. Godparents are welcome to attend the Pre-Jordan sessions to learn more about their responsibilities.
WHEN DOES ST JOHN’S BAPTIZE?
Baptisms at St John’s are celebrated during our weekend liturgies - Saturdays 5:15 pm, Sundays 8:00 am & 10:00 am. This is a wonderful sign to our whole assembled community of the vibrancy of our faith and a chance for the faith community to meet its newest member!
Remember that the Church stands ready and able to help you along the way. Your child will be welcomed as a member of this family of faith and initiated as a member of the Catholic Church for life. There’s so much left to learn about celebrating and living this faith!
*Excerpts from Twenty Third Publications, Celebrating your Child’s Baptism