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 sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers of the Church’s mission:
“Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church
At Baptism, infants and children up to six years of age are initiated into the Christian community and begin a life-long journey as a committed disciple of Christ. Since the infant or small child cannot make this commitment on their own, the parent who requests Baptism for their child states that they wish to transmit the faith in which they believe and live to their child. Parents wishing to have their infant or child baptized are required to attend Baptism preparation classes, held several times throughout the year. This gives parents an opportunity to reflect on their relationship with Christ, the meaning of Baptism and have questions answered concerning the Sacrament and the ceremony.
Parents, please contact the parish office to begin preparing for your child’s Baptism. Once Baptism preparation classes are complete, parents may arrange Baptism on a date in alignment with our schedule.
Who should attend Baptism Preparation classes?
Many people unaware that the role of a godparent is not only to be a support of faith in the life of the child but also to be a representative of the community of faith into which the child is being baptized. As such, it follows that the godparent be a fully initiated, active member of the Roman Catholic Church. Full initiation in the life of the Church reflects the very life of the Trinity: Father (Baptism) Son (Eucharist) and Holy Spirit (Confirmation). Therefore, a godparent should have received these three sacraments and be active in the sacramental and evangelical mission of the church. Godparents are asked to certify their eligibility through their parish. If not members of Saint Michael Parish, simply contact your parish office and ask that certification be sent to us.