BAPTISM AND BAPTISM PREPARATION
We are happy you chose to have your baby baptized at Mary, Mother of the Church Parish. A date for your child’s baptism cannot be set until all requirements and paperwork have been turned in to the office. A Baptismal Preparation class is to be attended and the Godparent Eligibility Certificates are turned in. There is a new requirement by the diocese that we see the birth certificate to be sure of proper spelling of all names. You may bring a copy of the certificate to the class.
Remember godparents requirements are:
At least one member must be a fully practicing Catholic with all sacraments of initiation, at least 16 years of age and if married, have a valid sacramental marriage. The other Christian Witness may be a Non-Catholic who is baptized and a member in good faith in their church. Letters of sponsorship (see sample form at bottom of page) are required for all Godparents and Christian Witnesses. If you belong to St. Mary’s your records will be checked here in the office.
1. Baptism Preparation Class (required if you haven’t attended in the last 5 years) (PARENTS AND GODPARENTS)
- A. Class is held the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM in the Parish Center upstairs. Please call the rectory office to register for a class. Cut off for registering for a class is the day before – Wednesday. No walk-ins will be accepted.
- B. All certificates required, such as Certificates of Eligibility for sponsors, should be presented at the class attended, if you don’t have the certificate for the class it must be presented no later than 3 weeks ahead of the Baptism.
- C. There is no fee for Baptism, however if you would like to make a donation that is entirely up to you.
- D. The attached requirements MUST BE MET FOR ALL SPONSORS OF BAPTISM. This is Canon Law (Nos. 872 to 874, 1% to 5% plus #2).
2. Baptism Preparation Class (not required if attended in the last 5 years – must show proof if you didn’t attend here at St. Mary’s)
- A. All certificates required, such as Certificates of Eligibility for sponsors, must be presented as soon as possible so that a date can be set for the Baptism.
- B. All paperwork should be either at the class or no later than three weeks in advance.
- C. The attached requirements MUST BE MET FOR ALL SPONSORS OF BAPTISM. This is Canon Law.
*****BAPTISMS ARE DONE ON THE FIRST AND THIRD SUNDAYS OF THE MONTH. YOU ARE ASKED TO BE AT CHURCH AT 12:45 after the 11:30am mass has ended. Baptisms will start at 1pm.
If you have any questions regarding the above requirements please call the Rectory Office Monday through Friday 9AM to 3PM @ 609-298-0261.
Live Video Streaming
If you would like to have family and friends see the baptism over the internet, simply have them click on this link: “St. Mary Church Live Stream“. They will be able to see the baptism live as it occurs.
CHAPTER IV SPONSORS
Can. 872 – Insofar as possible one to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who is to assist an adult in Christian initiation, or, together with the parents, to present an infant at the baptism, and who will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it.
Can. 873 – Only one male or one female sponsor or one of each sex is to be employed.
Can. 874 –
$1. To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must:
1% Be designated by the one to be baptized , by the parents or the one who takes their place or, in their absence, by the pastor or minister and is to have the qualifications and intention of performing this role;
2% Have completed the sixteenth year, unless a different age has been established by the diocesan bishop or it seems to the pastor or minister that an exception is to be made for a just cause:
3% Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken;
4% Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared:
5% Not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
$2. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may not be admitted except as a witness to baptism and together with a Catholic sponsor.
This is a sample of the sponsorship certificate: Sacramental Sponsorship Certificate.