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BAPTISM

Prepare For

Fr. Arul Baptism

“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 that I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:19-20

Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift. In Baptism, we celebrate becoming a son or daughter of God. Through this beautiful Sacrament of Initiation, we also become members of the Church and share in the mission to spread the Gospel through our lives in the world.

Catholics will most often be baptized as infants. When a baby is baptized, the parents and Godparents speak for the child, expressing the desire for baptism. Infant baptism emphasizes Christ’s desire to “let the little ones come to me” and emphasizes the important role of family and community in our life of faith.

At Holy Apostles, parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class through their third child. Most classes are held once a month on a Saturday morning from 9:00-11:00 am. We encourage Godparents to attend as well. Once the class is attended, the baptism can be scheduled at any of the available weekend liturgies, except during the season of Lent.

When making the important choice of Godparents, keep in mind that at least one of the sponsors must be a practicing, Confirmed Catholic per Canon Law. A practicing, Confirmed Catholic should be a living model of the Catholic faith, through daily prayer, virtue, and active participation in parish life and liturgy.

 

If you would like to celebrate a Baptism for your child at Holy Apostles, please contact Jan Fredrickson, Mission Coordinator: Pastoral Care, at jfredrickson@hanb.org or (262) 754-0158 for more information. If you are an adult interested in Baptism and the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA), please contact Jay Landry at jlandry@hanb.org or (262) 710-0367.

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