Baptism

It is with great joy that we celebrate the initiation of new members into the Catholic Church.  Infant baptisms are scheduled monthly during all three of our weekend liturgies – usually on the 3rd weekend of the month, except during the liturgical seasons of Advent, Lent, or if there is some other scheduling conflict.  We celebrate Baptism by immersion in accord with the Church’s ancient tradition.

Since Baptism is a sacrament of initiation and welcome into a believing community, active and practicing membership is expected of the parents.  In addition, participation in a preparation session for all parents is required by Church law.  This session focuses on the background of the sacrament, the meaning behind the symbolism and ritual, and is an introduction to the role of parents in their child’s faith formation as members of the Christian community.

Godparents: Each child may have a godfather and a godmother. To be permitted to take on the function of a godparent a person must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have received all three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation)
  • Be a Catholic in good standing
  • Lead a life in keeping with the function to be taken on

A non-Catholic Christian, though not able to be a godparent, may serve as a Christian witness to the baptism.

The parish expects that parents presenting a child for Baptism must have already familiarized themselves with our baptismal practice and customs by attendance at a weekend liturgy which included infant baptism.

Please call the Christian formation office for further information about scheduling the preparation session and the date of the baptism.

Contact: 262-375-6500, ext 120 / cfoffice@stjosephgrafton.org