Baptism is a Sacrament which cleanses us from original sin, makes us Christians, children of God, and heirs of heaven. Baptism is necessary to salvation, because without it we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. The priest is the ordinary minister of Baptism; but in case of necessity any one who has the use of reason may baptize. Whoever baptizes should pour water on the head of the person to be baptized, and say, while pouring the water: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism is the primary sign of initiation into the family of God, and into the parish community.
Pope John Paul II once stated “in the case of Baptism of children, efforts to catechize the parents and godparents should not be spared” (Ecclesia in America, 34). Baptism is such an exciting time for families. Your parish family of St. Francis de Sales wants to join in that celebration! We also want you to fully understand the commitment you are making when deciding to baptize your children as Catholics.
PRE-BAPTISMAL SESSIONS FOR PARENTS
When having your child baptized at St. Francis de Sales, parents must attend a preparation class for their first baptized child. Although not necessary, we encourage parents to take the class prior to the birth of their baby or once adoption arrangements are certain.
WHO MAY BE A SPONSOR/GODPARENT?
One Sponsor/godparent must be baptized, confirmed, and a practicing Catholic, 16 years of age or older, and a person other than a parent or adoptive parent of the child. At least one must be named, but no more than two. A Christian witness, a baptized non-Catholic—may also be selected. Christian witnesses must also be 16 years of age or older and not the parent or adoptive parent. Grandparents may serve as sponsors/godparents or as Christian witnesses.
SCHEDULING A BAPTISM
Call the Parish Office, (262) 248-8524, who will put you in contact with the Pastor, who will then set a time and date and explain the needs for baptism in the Parish. Also at that time information for the child to be baptized, the parent/s and godparent/s will be gathered.