Baptism

Baptism is necessary before one can receive any other sacrament.  It is the first sacrament of Christian initiation which is completed with the sacraments of Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist.  Baptism was instituted by Christ when he was baptized by St. John the Baptist and when he commanded his apostles to go and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Baptism removes all sin: original sin and any other sins.  Baptism also makes us children of God, members of Christ, members of the Church, and heirs to the kingdom of heaven.  This means that: Baptism permanently relates us to God and is necessary for salvation and Baptism imprints an indelible character on the soul of the recipient and can be received only once.  These effects are the fruits of sanctifying grace which is conferred through Baptism.  For infants it is required that here be a reasonable hope that the parents or parent will bring the child up in the Catholic faith.

A candidate for Baptism must have at least one sponsor, or godparent.  The godparent cannot be the mother or father of the one to be baptized.  The godparent must be at least sixteen, be a Catholic who has been confirmed, and has received the Holy Eucharist.  There can be two godparents, a man and a woman.  Non-Catholics cannot be godparents, but can be admitted as a witness to the Baptism.

Godparents must be in good standing with the Catholic Church.  A sponsorship certificate is necessary from the registered parish of the Godparents.  This states that they meed the requirements in order to act as a sponsor.  Please read the form below before choosing your Godparents.