Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.”
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Congratulations on the birth of your new baby! St. Mary Catholic Church shares in your joy as you give thanks to our Heavenly Father
for the birth of your child! We also understand that with this excitement comes exhaustion too, so please take your time reading how to prepare for your child’s Baptism. Our guidelines are here to support your relationship with Jesus!
Baptism is not just an event but it is also a beginning. At baptism your child will begin his or her life of faith in Christ Jesus. It will be a new beginning for you as well. Perhaps you’ve been away from the Catholic Church for a while and you are coming back to your faith. If so, WELCOME BACK!!!
Your child will become a new creation in Christ, and will be made a beloved son or daughter of God. This is a wondrous gift from God. But with this gift comes a great responsibility: to live and act as His sons and daughters. As parents, you will be charged to bring your child up to know, love and serve God. At such a great responsibility, it is a time for you to think about your relationship with Jesus and how you are living out that relationship according to the Lord’s teachings and commandments.
At your child’s baptism, you will be asked two very wondrous and solemn questions:
What do you ask of God’s Church? Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?
Just as you proclaimed on your wedding day, you will be asked to declare your promises before God and the parish family. Our preparation together will help you to understand these two questions and to answer them with confidence. We want you to have a relationship with Jesus that you can share with your child.
The sacrament of Baptism for infants and children under the age of seven is administered on the second weekend of each month at St. Mary Catholic Church during all three weekend masses - Saturday at 4:30 PM, Sunday at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The Baptism preparation courses take place the first Wednesday of the each month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Church. Please note that these courses are for adults only. Baptisms are not celebrated during the season of Lent.
For children who are eight years and older, please reach out to Donna Trudell, our Director of Faith Formation, at 248.547.1810 ext. 207 to make arrangements to prepare your child to receive the Sacraments of Initiation.
The Steps of Baptism Preparation
Step 1 - Register as a Parishioner of St. Mary Catholic Church
It is important to have a home church where you practice your faith with a community that supports you in your relationship with Christ. Parents must be a registered parishioner for at least 3 months and worship regularly at mass prior to celebrating a baptism. Parents should attend weekly mass and support the parish by participating in activities and giving time, talent, and treasure. To register as a parishioner please contact the Parish Office at 248.547.1818.
Step 2 - Initial Meeting
After reviewing the information on the website, please contact Christine Wagberg, our Pastoral Associate, at 248.547.1818 ext. 235 or by email to schedule the initial meeting at St. Mary Parish Office. This meeting begins the preparation process.
Step 3 - Attend the Baptism Preparation Course
You are required to attend an Infant Baptism Preparation course for each child to be baptized. The course is offered the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Church. This course will explore the theology of baptism. Please note that these courses are for adults, as parents seem to get more out of the session if they available to focus and participate in the class free from distractions.
The Requirements for Godparents
The requirements for godparents are as follows: a godparent lead a life of faith within the Catholic Church, they must be sixteen or older, and be a Catholic who has received all three of the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. If the godparent is married, the marriage must be valid and recognized as a marriage within the Catholic Church. According to Code of Canon Law 874, a godparent cannot be the father or the mother of the child being baptized. It is customary to have both a godfather and a godmother, but you may choose to have just one, however, it is not possible to have two godfathers or two godmothers.
We strongly encourage Godparents to attend the Baptism Preparation Course along with the parents. It is an honor to be chosen as a godparent and it is a great enrichment opportunity for all involved. If the they cannot attend the course at St. Mary, the Godparents are more than welcomed to take the class at their home parish.
As a Godparent you must be Catholic, however, a Christian witness may be chosen as long as a Catholic Godparent has already been chosen for your child. A Christian witness is chosen in addition to a godparent not in place of a Catholic godparent, since the Godparent has the mission to hand on and teach the Catholic faith by word and by example. The Godparents will also make a brief profession of their Catholic faith during the Baptism Ceremony. In allowing a baptized non Catholic to stand in as a Christian witness, the Church acknowledges that person's common Baptism that is shared by followers of Jesus Christ and truly appreciates that person’s great love for the child.