Baptism

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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." - Matt 28:19-20

 

Baptism is a celebration of life. It is the most important day of our life! Baptism is a mystery that defines us, marks us, penetrates us, and transforms us. Through faith, we know God loves us. Everything flows from this. Through Baptism, we celebrate that we are children of God – loved by God, in every moment, in every way! In the waters of Baptism we are plunged into the mystery of Jesus. St. Paul puts it clearly: "I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me" (Gal 2:20). Baptism is God's work. It defines who we are: Christian. Baptism celebrates our relationship with God and with the Church, the People of God. It is thus a very special event in the life of the Church! Most children born into a Catholic family are baptized as infants. Arrangements should be made as soon as possible after birth. Once children have reached the age of reason (about seven), however, they are baptized after a formation process called Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Adapted for Children. Baptism is the beginning of a child’s journey of faith. Through the teaching example of parents and godparents, a child will grow to become a follower of Christ and an active member of the church. Infant Baptisms take place on the third Sunday of each month beginning after the 11:30 a.m. Mass.

Baptismal Sponsor Information

According to Canon Law the following regulations apply for those who wish to be considered a sponsor for the Sacrament of Baptism:

  1. "There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each" [c.873]
  2. A sponsor must "be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function." [c.874.1.1]
  3. A sponsor must "have completed the sixteenth year of age..." [c.874.1.2]
  4. A sponsor must "be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on." [c874.1.3]
  5. A sponsor may "not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared, {and may} not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized. [c874.1.4&5]
  6. "A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism." [Note: The baptized, non-Catholic will be listed as a "Christian Witness" in the baptismal record.] [c.874.2]

 Letter from Fr. Matt

Please click here to see a cover letter from Fr. Matt regarding Baptism.

Request for Baptismal Certificate

If you have already been baptized and need a copy of your baptismal certificate please contact the parish office manager at 419-447-2087 or you can email her.

Baptismal Registration Form

  • For your convenience, there are several options for completing the Baptismal Registration Form. You can call the parish office manager at 419-447-2087 and give her the registration information or you can stop in the office and complete it in person. You can also complete the online form below. Please remember to wait for the Parish Office to confirm the date of the Baptism.

                                                        

BAPTISM REQUEST FORM

 
 

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