Sacrament of Baptism
The term “Baptism” means “immersion,” and so this sacrament “immerses” us into the Death and Resurrection of Christ (cf. Rom 6:3-4; Col 2:12). Consequently, we receive the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 2:38) and are incorporated into the Church (cf. 1 Cor 12:13).
Eligibility and Readiness for Baptism
- Under ordinary circumstances, for an infant Baptism to be licit, “the parents or at least one of them or the person who legitimately takes their place must consent.”
- In addition to this consent, there must exist a “founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion.”
- This hope is grounded in the lives of the parents, the godparents, and the parish community.
In preparation to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism with an infant, the parents are asked to attend a Baptismal Preparation Session at Sacred Heart.
Due to our current situation, Baptism Preparation is done on an individual basis. Contact Amy Woods for more information.
Role of Godparents:
Godparents join the parents in presenting the child for Baptism and help the child to lead a Christian life in harmony with the sacrament.
Church Law requires that godparents be:
- At least 16 years old
- Fully-initiated Catholics (having received the sacraments of Baptism,
- Confirmation and Eucharist)
- Not bound by any canonical penalty
- Leading lives of faith befitting the role to be undertaken
- Not parents of the child