What is Baptism?
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of three sacraments to become full members of the Catholic Church. In Baptism, the baby, child, or adult becomes a follower of Jesus and a member of the Catholic Church. The beautiful symbols of the rite: water, candle, oil, and a white garment, all point to one’s rebirth as a son or daughter of God, dying to sin, and following the light of Christ. For an infant or young child, the parent(s) will make their profession of faith for them, and accept the responsibility of being the primary educators of their child’s faith.
We read in Scripture that Jesus loved children and called them to himself: “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14) Baptism is the first step for children to come to Jesus, and to begin a life-long journey of faith to know, love and serve the Lord.
The sacrament celebrates one’s entrance into the Church, removes original sin, gives the child strength to grow in faith, and invites him/her to follow the light of Christ in his/her life.
An older child or adult typically enters the church through a different process, called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (The RCIA). Patterned after the rich ancient tradition of the Catholic Church, participants in the RCIA spend several months in study, prayer, and preparation to receive the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
How do I schedule a Baptism for my child?
To schedule a Baptism, please call Noreen Wolleben, Baptism Program Director at 203-453-2788 X 206
I am an adult considering Baptism. What do I need to do?
You are invited to learn more about the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, the typical process for adults to be baptized in the Catholic Church. Please call Noreen Wolleben at 203-453-2788 X 206 for more information.
Is a Baptism Preparation required?
If this is your first child, or if you have never participated in a baptism preparation program, there is a required information session. The meeting will briefly cover the theology of Baptism, the actual rite or ceremony, and some ideas on introducing the faith to young children.
Information sessions are generally held on the first Saturday morning of each month from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Please call to reserve. If you cannot attend the scheduled session, you may arrange a private session.
How do I select a Godparent?
As you consider this question, there are a number of practical and personal matters to consider. First of all, the Catholic Church has clearly defined some of the requirements for being a Godparent. The Church requires that a Godparent:
|Has received the Catholic Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist|
|Attends Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation|
|Has attained the required minimum age of sixteen years|
|Is not the parent of the person being baptized/confirmed|
|Is living a manner of life that is in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken|
|If married: Is in a canonically valid marriage, recognized by the Catholic Church|
As you ponder who to ask to be your child’s Godparent, wishing the best for your child, consider family and friends who will be willing to help you as a parent to teach the Catholic faith to your child. By word and example, the Godparent should encourage your child to live the Christian life.
How many Godparents are required?
Church law permits two Godparents for Baptism. Only one is necessary. If two are chosen, there must be one of each gender (cf. Code of Canon Law, c. 873).
A Godparent must be Roman Catholic. However, in addition to the one Godparent, you may also have a sponsor who is practicing their faith in another Christian tradition. This sponsor will serve as a Christian witness.
What paperwork is required to have my child baptized?
Once you have been registered at St. George Church, and talked to our Baptism Program Director, the only necessary paperwork will be to provide our church office with a Sponsor Certificate for each Catholic Godparent. The Sponsor Certificate will confirm that the person is a practicing Catholic who fulfills the requirements for this great honor and responsibility. This can be obtained from the godparent’s home parish.
A moms group is forming…
Plans are under way to begin a Moms’ group at St. George. Would you be interested in joining a group for fellowship, support, information sharing, and play? If so, call Noreen Wolleben at 203-453-2788 x 206 or email Noreen Wolleben