Your child’s Baptism is a time for celebration and joy. We want to help you plan and prepare for the baptism in the best possible way.
Your Faith is Important.
The very fact that you have asked to have your baby baptized shows that you recognize the importance of God in your life. From the earliest days children too young to answer for themselves have been baptized, usually as they accompanied their parents into the church. For the Church recognizes the desire of Christian parents to share the life of Christ with their children. Jesus Christ, like you, wants the best for your child.
Growing in God’s Love
Your efforts will not only help your baby to grow up in the love of God, they will also help you to grow. As you teach your child to pray you yourself will deepen your prayer; as you teach your child to appreciate the Mass with your own faith will be enriched. Your baby’s baptism is only the beginning of a new life in which you will grow closer to one another in the family and closer to God. The Church welcomes your child into its midst with love and prayers for the peace and happiness of your family in the years ahead.
Why Baptism Preparation?
Baptism Preparation is mandatory by Diocesan Policy in the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie. At the Pro-Cathedral of the Assumption, this preparation consists of a one-night meeting that takes place at the Cathedral. Members of our Baptism Team offer true hospitality to parents asking for Baptism for their child, to accompany them, to evangelize and catechize them, as the need may be.
Preparing for Baptism
- Telephone the parish office (472-3970) and avise the parish secretary that you would like to have your child Baptized.
- Once the request is received and the necessary information is obtained, it will be handed to our Baptism Team who will contact you to let you know of the parish preparation programme and how it works.
- A member of the Baptism Team will arrange a suitable time to visit with you to inform you about the preparation programme and to leave some reading materials to help you prepare for such an important celebration.
- Dates for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism will be offered to the parents at the end of the preparation programme.
Role of the Parents
Being a parent is an awesome responsibility, for parents share in the work of God himself. Just as God’s work goes on long after he creates new life, so a parent’s task will last a whole lifetime. The infant you now hold in your arms or whose birth you anxiously await will need you for many years, as you perhaps still depend on your own parents in many ways.
From the beginning, parents are called upon to search for a balanced life-style for their children. The more deeply they care about Jesus and the community of the church, the more likely it is that they will discover practical, concrete answers to questions about everyday life-style.
All Christians know that parents cannot impose their own faith upon their children. Faith is a free gift from God. Both the Bible and the experience of generations of Christian people make this point clear. Yet parents do have a role in preparing their child to believe.
They help the child feel at home in the community of faith. As parents pray with the community, children sense that such prayer is a normal and a natural part of life. They imitate their parents’ prayer even when they do not understand it.
Role of the Sponsors (Godparents)
Sponsors are to be role models for the child to be Baptized. They promise to help the parents in their task as Christian mothers and fathers. What is important is not so much how closely they are related to the child as how closely they are related to the Lord. Since sponsors represent the best of the Christian family, they should live out its ideal in their daily lives.
When selecting a sponsor for your child it is important that at least one must be a Baptized Catholic and any other sponsor must be a Baptized member of a Christian faith.