SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
A baptism preparation class is offered to parents so they may more fully and deeply appreciate the mystery of baptism and what it will mean for their child. Parents celebrating baptism for the first time are required to attend the class. Others are welcome to attend. Please contact the parish office for more information and for the schedule of classes.
Families who are registered and active in the parish at least six months show their commitment to the Faith as they live out their own baptismal dignity and obligations. Families who have not been active in their practice of the Faith are to meet with the Pastor.
Families who wish to celebrate baptism in our parish but who are members elsewhere are required to obtain a letter of permission from their local Pastor. The letter is to be presented to the Pastor of Saint Paul the Apostle prior to the scheduling of the baptism.
Godparents support the parents in their duties as Christian parents. A godparent commits to living the Christian life in the Catholic Church and thus serve as a strong example of faith and responsibility for the child. Godparents must be active Catholics in good standing with the Church. Godparents from other Catholic parishes are required to obtain certification from their local Pastor and to submit it to the Pastor of Saint Paul the Apostle at least one week before the baptism. Other baptized Christians are welcome to serve as Christian Witnesses but, because they do not embrace Catholic beliefs, are unable to be godparents.
For more information please contact the parish office at 864.882.8551.