Baptism

 

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." Baptism of your child ideally takes place within the first few months after birth, but can happen later. We are delighted that you are seeking baptism for your child with our parish.

Steps for Baptism:
If you are seeking baptism for your child please complete the Request for Baptism form and email to aouellette@hamiltondiocese.com.  You must be a registered parishioner to present your child for baptism. If you are not registered please do using this link.


Normally, each person is baptized in their home parish: the parish where they live, or the parish where they practice their faith. If you are not a parishioner, we can accommodate you only if, for a serious reason, you are unable to have your child baptized in your home parish. 


If your child is age 8 or older please contact Arden Ouellette, Lay Parish Minister, at the parish office for information regarding your child’s baptism. Children of this age are required to complete the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) program before being baptized.


Once your Request for Baptism has been received we will reach out to you to discuss our baptism program and available dates. Please note that we receive many requests and it may take a couple of weeks for us to follow up on the request.

Important Information About Godparents:

The Catholic Church has guidelines based on Church law (Code of Canon Law 872-874) for godparents. We strongly encourage parents to familiarize themselves with these guidelines prior to formally choosing a godparent.  These guidelines are here for your reference.

The Baptism Program:

Parents seeking baptism for their children will be required to attend 2 in-person preparation meetings which are held on Wednesday evenings, approximately one month apart.

Meeting 1: a session to provide parents with the important information about the

sacrament of Baptism and the role and responsibility that the parents and godparents take on in

presenting their child for baptism (approx. 40 minutes).

Meeting 2: a rehearsal in the church to walk through the steps of the celebration

and to ensure all parents are well prepared for the sacrament date (approx. 30

minutes)

Baptism Celebration: will be held the afternoon on the Sunday following the second meeting date.

 

Available baptism dates will be provided during the follow up call upon receipt of the baptism request. 

Our Baptism Preparation Team:
To provide a thorough and interactive preparation for parents, our baptism team consists of both members of the clergy and laity:
Clergy

Father John Schnurr (Pastor), Father Pawel Stankiewicz (Associate Pastor) and/or Father Malcolm Katzenberger (Retired Priest in Residence) will provide important details about the sacrament, its significance, and its role in the faith of the Church.

Laity:

Mrs. Arden Ouellette (Pastoral Minister) – will complete the baptism registration request and will be there to provide information and guidance during the registration.
Baptism Preparation Team Couples – we have 4 couples who are active parishioners and who have experienced baptism with their own children. One of the couples will manage your assigned date, running the meetings and assisting at the celebration.  They will provide support and insight into the preparation and share their stories of raising children in the Roman Catholic faith.

 

We look forward to welcoming new families and members into our parish community.

 

If you are not registered with our parish please complete a Parish Registration form and  submit to the parish office.