What is Baptism?
Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation and the beginning and foundation of Christian sacramental life; it is the door which gives access to the other sacraments. The baptized is made a participant in the divine life of the Trinity through sanctifying grace and is incorporated into Christ and his Church. Baptism provides the basis of communion with all Christians.
Who can be chosen as godparent(s) for your child?
The Church asks that godparents be at least 16 years of age, have received all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy Communion) and are active Catholics attending Mass regularly. If married, the godparent must be married according to the laws of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the godparent is to guide the child in the ways of the faith so that they might reach heaven. Only one godparent is required. If there are two godparents, one must be male and one female. The relationship of two godparents emulates spiritually the parenthood of the biological parents.
When do Baptisms occur at St. Paul the Apostle Parish?
Baptisms are celebrated after Mass on the first Sunday of the month in our parish.
BAPTISM PREP CLASS is held for all first-time mothers and fathers seeking to have their child baptized in the Catholic Church. The class meets at 7:00-7:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. To register, please call Mary Brown in the parish office at 217-6740.