Baptism

BAPTISM

Parents should call the Pastoral Care Office before the birth of the child to arrange to attend the baptism preparation class, held on the last Wednesday of each month.  Baptisms are scheduled for the first and third Sundays of the month after the 11:15 a.m. Mass or they can be done during the 4:30 p.m. and 11:15 a.m. Mass.

THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

The Sacrament of Baptism begins our faith journey, which will not end until we meet God in Heaven.  The main focus of this faith journey is our relationship with God.  We are welcomed into the community of Jesus.  We belong to Jesus as a child of God; we belong with others in our faith community, St. John de La Salle, to the Catholic Church, the Body of Christ and the world as servants to others.

Parents are the first teachers of their children in the ways of the faith.  Parents are to set the example for their children.
+  Through attendance at Mass and supporting the parish
+  Answering questions about their faith
+  Reading Bible Stories
+  Bearing witness to your faith by what you say and do
+  When children are old enough, parents should enroll their children in Faith Formation
    Classes 

The decision to baptize your child should not be taken lightly.  This decision should be made only by the mother and father of the child.  The decision should be made with the full intent of raising the child Catholic.

This decision should not be made because “this is what we do in our family” or because your parents and/or grandparents want you to do it.

When choosing God Parents, select individuals who will work hand in hand with you in helping you raise your child.

THE REQUIREMENTS OF GOD PARENTS

A God Parent must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation (this is Canon Law) and be over the age of 16.  A God Parent must also be actively practicing their faith and supporting their parish.  A God Parent will be required to have their Pastor sign a letter which states that the individual is confirmed in the Catholic Church, practicing their faith and supporting their Parish, and if married, the marriage was performed in the Catholic Church.

 

QUESTION & ANSWER

I was recently asked to be my niece’s Godmother, and I am wondering if the responsibility of God Parents have changed since I was a child?

The Rite of Baptism for Children was promulgated in 1969.  One of the purposes of the new rite was to express more clearly the role and responsibilities of the parents and God Parents.The emphasis is on the role of parents as the primary educators in the faith of their children.  By their example, they will teach their children about God, about loving their neighbor, practicing the mysteries of the Church and growing in the faith.  God Parents are charged with helping the parents in their duties.  Perhaps they best achieve this by being examples of faith, showing their God Child by word and deed what it means to be a practicing Catholic.  As the child grows older, this is especially important; and your attendance/participation at first Penance and First Holy Communion, Confirmation and other Church related activities makes a big impression.  The rite has changed, but the responsibility of the God Parents has essentially remained the same.  In short, you are to support the parents, give good example and be a model of faith for the young soul entrusted to your care.

Are there any children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren in your family who need sacramental preparation?  Children should be in second grade for First Penance at least 7 - 8 years old, please let us know.  Thank you.

 
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