Baptism

Baptismal Guidelines

Baptism is the Sacrament that makes us a child of God.  It is through the celebration of this Sacrament that we are incorporated into the family of faith. Through it, the door to the other Sacraments can be received and celebrated.  Our parish  welcomes and assists anybody who  is desiring this Sacrament, either  for their children, or for themselves.

FOR INFANT BAPTISM, it is expected that the children who will be baptized  will be raised into faith, first and foremost by their parents, with the  help of godparents,  and assisted lovingly by our community.  It is hoped that  the parents have celebrated the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Church, or, are already working with a priest  towards its celebration.  The Godparents must also have celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Communion and Confirmation).  if the Godparents are married, it should have been celebrated in the Church.

GODPARENTS REPONSIBILITIES/REQUIREMENTS:  The Godparents assist the parents in the formation of their child’s faith development. As such, they profess, proclaim, and model the Catholic Christian way of life. For this reason, when selecting godparents, the requirements are:

1. At least 16 years of age and received Bapatism, First Eucharist and Confirmation

2. At least one must be a Catholic godparent who is a practicing, confirmed catholic, participating in Sunday liturgies, and willing to share the faith with their godchild. However, together with a Catholic godparent AND for a sufficient reason, a baptized non-Catholic may act as a “Christian witness” to the baptism. If the godparent is married, the marriage must have been performed in the Catholic Church.

3. Must attend one of the preparation classes given by the church.

Call the office a register. A donation of $50 is expected at the time of registration for registered St. Mary's parishioners and $75 for non parishioners of St. Mary's.  Attend a Baptismal Prep. class (for the parents and the Godparents). Sign up for the date of baptism.

 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES FOR 2019/2020 (in room 7 in the Parish Hall at 6:45PM)

  • August 11, 2020

  • October 13, 2020

 

SCHEDULED BAPTISMS FOR 2019/2020 (Saturdays, at 10AM)

  • August 8, 2020

  • September 5, 2020

  • October 3, 2020

  • November 7, 2020

  • December 5, 2020

For ADULT BAPTISMS, please call the R.C.I.A. coordinator at 707-372-8919.

For assistance, and/or any other inquiries, please call the parish office at (707) 448-2390.