Jesus said, “Go therefore 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 I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always until the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
Baptism is the sacrament through which we enter the Church. It is the way that we are reborn in water and the Holy Spirit and become the sons and daughters of the living God. Baptism makes us the brothers and sisters of Jesus with God as our Father.
In the Catholic tradition, we baptism both infants and adults. We practice infant baptism because it is our desire raise our children within the church so that they will grow up in our faith being supported by their parents, god-parents and the entire church community. So, in the words of Jesus, we can teach them to observe all that he has commanded us to do.
Baptism is also a point in the sacred pattern of family and parish life. Just a your lives changed forever with the coming of a child, so our parish life changes forever with the addition of a new member. This is why we usually celebrate baptisms at our Sunday Masses instead of privately. The entire community needs to be able to join in the celebration of new life and also commit themselves to being an active support for the parents and the child. In so many ways, baptism is not “just” something between God and the child or God and the family. Baptism is an entrance into a parish, a community and a much larger family: the family of God.
Baptismal preparation, therefore, begins with the parents participation in the life of the parish. To have a child baptized here, you need to be an active, participating and registered member of the parish. In baptism, you promise to raise your child in our faith, so it is essential that you are actively living that faith already.
In addition to being parish members, parents who are seeking to have their child baptized must attend our parish baptismal preparation classes. These classes are offered every few months. Parent are welcome to attend the class even before their child is born if they wish. And god-parents are also strongly urged to attend the classes as well. At the class, you will be able to schedule which of our baptism dates you would like to have your child baptized on.
If you would like to find out when the next class is, or have further questions, please contact Kelly Krupke at 253-826-6375.