THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
We celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at our Sunday Masses. Families may choose any of the three weekend Mass options on most weekends throughout the year (excluding major celebrations such as Easter or Christmas).
There is a part in the baptism early on when the presider says “This Christian Community welcomes you”. How wonderful to have a large representation of the community welcome these children into our faith and into our parish. It is also a great sign to the community of our continued growth.
Expectant or new parents must be registered parishioners and are asked to call the Parish Office (330-533-6839) 3-4 months before the preferred Baptism date to schedule Baptism preparation.
A Baptism Preparation Class is required for:
First time parents OR
First baptisms at Saint Michael
Classes are offered one Wednesday each month from 6:00-7:00 PM. You must attend only one session before baptism.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM - the official teachings from Canon Law (the law that governs the Church)
§1 Parents are obliged to see to it that infants are baptized with the first weeks after birth; as soon as possible after the birth, or even before, parents are to request the sacrament for their child and to be properly prepared. This is accomplished through the baptismal preparation sessions which all parents (regardless of having had a previous child baptized) must attend.
§ 1 For the baptism of an infant it is necessary that:
• parents or at least one of them or the person who
lawfully takes their place gives consent;
• there be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic faith; if such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism is to be delayed according to the prescriptions of particular law and the parents are to be informed of the reason. “altogether lacking” is defined as someone who is not registered in the parish and has not been regularly attending Mass and participating in the life of the parish community. As stated in law, the baptism may be delayed until such time as what is lacking may be remedied.
Insofar as possible, one to be baptized is to be given a sponsor who is to assist an adult in Christian initiation, or, together with the parents, to present an infant at the baptism, and who will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with the baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it. This sentence is a nice way of saying one is actively living out the obligations placed upon us at baptism, the minimal of which is to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days and live a life in keeping with the Sacraments of the Church, especially where marriage is concerned (a valid marriage within the Church).
Only one male or one female sponsor or one of each sex is to be a godparent. This should be self- explanatory. You cannot have two godfathers or two godmothers.
§ 1 To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must: Letters of suitability must be provided by the sponsor’s parish/ church.
• be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the one who takes their place or, in their absence, by the pastor or minister and is to have the qualifications & intention of performing the role;
• have completed the 16th year; is 16 years old
• be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist and leads a
life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken; Refer to the note on Canon 872
• not be the mother or father of the one to be baptized.
§ 2 A baptized person of another Christian church may not serve as godparent or sponsor but may serve as a witness to baptism together with a Catholic sponsor. This person must likewise demonstrate proof of active participation in their Church community. To make sure there is no confusion regarding the celebration of baptism, no date will be discussed until all requirements are met.