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. 

Steps for Baptism:
If you are seeking baptism for your child please complete the Request for Baptism form in full and email to aouellette@hamiltondiocese.com or drop off in person at the parish office.


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 reviewed you will receive a call or email to confirm your information and provide details about the Baptism Preparation program. At that time, you will be able to choose a date and time for the preparation sessions as well as a date of baptism.

The Baptism Program:

Beginning in September 2021, we are launching a revised Baptism Preparation Program. Parents seeking baptism for their children will be required to attend 2 in-person preparation meetings. Meetings will be 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 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.

 

Actual dates will be provided during the call from the Office once we have received your request form.

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) and Father Gregory Ogorzalek (Associate Pastor), will provide important details about the sacrament, its significance, and its role in the faith of the Church.

Laity:

Mrs. Arden Ouellette (Lay Parish Minister) – will complete the baptism registration and will be there to provide information and guidance during the process of preparation.
Baptism Preparation Team Couples – we have 3 couples who are active parishioners and who have experienced baptism with their own children. 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.