Baptism at Saint Francis of Assisi

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), 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. CCC 1213

If you are seeking Baptism as an adult, please call or contact Sandy Gross at sandy@sfassisi.org. We are happy to help you on your journey to celebrate your Baptism and your initiation into supernatural life.

If you are looking for Baptism for your newborn child, congratulations! We are happy that God has blessed your family with new life. As good parents you care for the physical and emotional needs of your child, and as Christian parents you will care for the spiritual needs of your son or daughter by presenting your child for baptism. Baptism is the foundational sacrament of Christian life and for membership in God’s Church. Jesus Christ, while on the cross, gave us baptism from the very waters that poured from his pierced heart, and in this sacrament, we see how much God truly loves us. The Sacrament of baptism has profound and eternal effects.

When a person is baptized he or she is:

Made in new creation, an adopted son or daughter of God, who has become partaker of the divine nature.  – CCC 1265

A member of the Body of Christ, the Church. – CCC 1267

Freed from the power of darkness and is brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God. – CCC 1250

Able to believe in God, to hope in him, and to love him through the theological virtues; Given the power to love and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit though the gifts of the Holy Spirit; Helped to grow in the goodness through the moral virtues. – CCC 1266

GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I HAVE COMMANDED YOU. AND BEHOLD, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, UNTIL THE END OF THE AGE.” MT 28:19-28

BAPTISM REQUIREMENTS FOR PARENTS

  • Parents must be willing to bring their child up in the Catholic Faith. Baptism is the beginning of supernatural life, but it must be nurtured throughout life.
  • If parents belong to a parish other than SFA they will have to provide a letterof permission from their pastor to have their child baptized at SFA. This is trueif parents live outside the SFA parish boundaries and have not beenregistered here for at least 6 months. They are automatically parishioners of the parish they live in (their “parish of residence”)
  • Parents must attend a baptism preparation class here or at their parish.

GODPARENTS / SPONSORS

  • Must be good examples and sources of support for both the child and theparents and be fully initiated members of the Catholic church; they must hav already received the sacrament of “Confirmation.”
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must either be living a chaste life as a single person or be married in a valid Catholic marriage.
  • Must be actively living their faith, attending Mass and confession regularly.
  • Must attend a baptism preparation class here or supply proof of attendancefrom their local parish.
  • Only one Catholic godparent is required.

DOCUMENTS

  • A copy of child’s birth certificate. The baptismal certificate is considered a legally valid document and we need to assure the accuracy of all information.
  • Letters (FORMS in Baptismal packet) from the parishes of the godparents attesting to their readiness to serve as godparents.
  • If you are not a registered member at Saint Francis of Assisi, a letter from your parish of residence granting permission from your pastor to have your child baptized at SFA. 
  • If baptism prep classes were attended at another parish, letters of class completion from the Catholic church where you and your child’s godparents took the class.
  • Forms attesting to your sacramental communion with the church filled out.

Once you have given the SFA office the copy of the birth certificate and the letters for the godparents (and if applicable, from your pastor) we will schedule you for a baptism preparation class. The class is scheduled on the first Sunday afternoon of the month. Please register with Deacon George at deacongeorge@sfassisi.org .  After completing the class and providing all the documentation we can schedule the baptism through Deacon George. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Deacon George at his email.

CHOOSING GODPARENTS

Does it make a difference who you choose to be your Children’s Godparents? YES!

People often want to ask their best friends or favorite relatives to act as Godparents for their children; they usually do this as a way of honoring someone. Of course, we all would like to honor those who are dear to us, but the Baptism of your child may not be the right time to do so.

Would you ask your best friend to perform heart surgery on your child? Of course not, unless he/she were a competent heart surgeon. Therefore, if the role of Godparents is to help the parents to raise the child in the good practice of the Catholic faith, then it stands to reason that you should ask someone who shows by their own knowledge and practice that they can help someone else follow in their footsteps. Helping a child become a good Catholic Christian in an important undertaking; it is therefore, equally important to ask someone who regularly prays with the community at Sunday Mass and, who in other ways practices his/her faith and shows commitment to Catholic Christian values.  None of this is to suggest that your dear friends or relatives are not good people. They will surely be with you to help you in many other ways. But, a teacher of mathematics may not be a good teacher of English grammar and a good friend or close relative may not be the best model of Catholic Christian practice.

If you value your faith, you will choose the best teachers to help you pass that faith onto your children.