“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. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
Role of a Godparent
A godparent’s role is to assist the growth of the baptized in his new spiritual life. Because this role is so important, a godparent in the Catholic Church must (1) be a Catholic in full communion with the Church; (2) be properly designated and accept the responsibilities; (3) meet age requirements recognized in the diocese where the Baptism takes place; and (4) not be the mother or father of the one baptized (GE 3; canon 874 section 1).
You have decided to baptize your child. Congratulations! Our parish community is eager to welcome new members into the church and our faith community! Call the parish office or fill out this form so we can get you the necessary information to schedule your child’s baptism. A baptism class is offered quarterly.
Reality of Baptism
Baptism is so much more than just welcoming a baby or wishing a baby well. Through the gestures and words of a baptism, there is an objective change in the person baptized. In this video, Bishop Barron talks about the objective reality of what happens at Baptism and invites us to fully live out this reality in our lives.
“Having become a member of the Church, the person baptized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose for us. From now on, he is called to be subject to others, to serve them in the communion of the Church, and to “obey and submit” to the Church’s leaders, holding them in respect and affection. Just as Baptism is the source of responsibilities and duties, the baptized person also enjoys rights within the Church: to receive the sacraments, to be nourished with the Word of God and to be sustained by the other spiritual helps of the Church”
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1269