We do hope that those requesting baptism for their infants and children are registered members of our parish community who are practicing and participating in the sacramental life of the community. Preparation for baptism consists of attendance by the parents of a baptismal class. The class is offered monthly, rotating locations between St. Joseph & St. Paul. Baptisms are a community event and are scheduled to take place during Mass. Private baptisms are allowed under special circumstances. Parents are asked to arrange that their chosen sponsors are present or arrange for proxies. Sponsors (Godparents) need to have at least one practicing Catholic who is Confirmed in the Catholic faith. Anyone not belonging to our parish community, requesting to baptize here needs to present a letter of permission from their local pastor. All baptisms must be scheduled in advance thru the church office.
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"The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God. In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love."
United State Conference of Catholic Bishops