BAPTISM OF CHILDREN
“By God’s gift through water and the Holy Spirit we are reborn to everlasting life. In his goodness, may he continue to pour out his blessings upon these sons and daughters of his. May he make them always, wherever they may be, faithful members of his holy people. May he send his peace upon all who are gathered here, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Congratulations on the birth of your new baby and welcome to our baptism page, we are delighted that you are considering having your baby baptized here at St. Mary’s! Please call the rectory office at 508-992-7163 or email the parish at firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding the Baptism of your child.
Baptisms are celebrated following the 11:30 Mass on the Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month. You are welcome to invite family members and friends to attend the 11:30 Mass and stay for the baptism which follows.
ST. MARY’S BAPTISM PREPARATION PROGRAM
Congratulations on entering this new season in your life. We believe it will be filled with joy, challenges, and love. We are honored to walk with you as you prepare for your child’s reception of the sacrament of baptism, and we will continue to walk with you in the weeks, months and years that follow.
We will offer the Belonging program four times per year. The dates for 2020 are Saturday’s: February 22, May 23, August 22, November 21. We will begin each session with Mass at 4:00 pm, followed by dinner in the Club Room of the Parish Center. We will then hold a number of short talks and discussion.
After the Baptism of your child, we will follow-up with you and your family in a number of ways. We’ll share more of that at our Belonging Session.
Parents who are preparing for the birth of their child are also able to participate in the baptismal preparation program. To register for an upcoming session, please contact the parish office at (508) 992-7163. Should you have any questions, please contact Deacon Frank at email@example.com.
Saturday, February 22
Saturday, May 23
Saturday, August 12
Saturday, November 21
Ordinarily, the parents of the child to be baptized are members of St. Mary’s Church. If you are not and live in the area, you are invited to register and become active in our parish family. If you live elsewhere and wish to have your child baptized here, all we need is a letter of permission from your home parish.
You will need to select at least one qualified godparent or sponsor. There are normally two godparents, one man and one woman. Godparents need to be at least 16 years of age, confirmed and, if currently married, married according to the laws of the Church.
Godparents need to obtain a “sponsor’s certificate” from the church they currently attend. It is possible to have one “Catholic Sponsor” and one “Christian Witness”. A Christian witness is a person who is baptized in another Christian denomination. We commonly refer to both as godparents.
A close friend or family member who is not baptized does not qualify to be a godparent. This applies also for a Catholic who is not confirmed or one who is currently in a marriage not recognized by the Catholic Church.