Baptism

Sacrament of BaptismThe sacrament of Baptism initiates one into God's family and into the parish family.  It is intended to be a community event, whether it is celebrated within Mass, or as a separate ceremony.

Arrangements should be made for the Baptism at least two weeks in advance.  Parents must make an appointment to visit the parish office for instructions on Baptism.  The godparents are also invited.

St. Angela Merici has a program to prepare parents and godparents for the Sacrament of Baptism, utilizing members of a Baptism Planning Team in cooperation with the pastor.  This team is made up of members of the parish who are already parents.  They work with the new parents to reach a fuller and more meaningful understanding of this sacrament, and lead a discussion reviewing the theology of baptism.  They also assist the new parents in offering suggestions for fuller participation in this sacrament.

Godparents (sponsors) must be practicing members of the Catholic Church, 16 years of age or over, canonically free and mature enough to assume this responsibility.  They must have received the sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Confirmation and, if not members of St. Angela, bring a certificate from their pastor, stating that they are practicing Catholics.

If a godparent cannot be present in person, he/she may appoint another qualified person to act as proxy.  This name must be submitted in writing to the pastor.  The same qualifications apply. 

According to the Directory for Ecumenism, a member of a separated Oriental Church (Orthodox) may act as a sponsor together with a Catholic godparent, as long as the godparent meets the requirements of a sponsor.  Although it is not permissible for other separated Christians to act as sponsors for the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, they may be admitted as Christian Witnesses together with a Catholic godparent.

The priest accepts no offering for himself.  Any donation is made to the support of the parish.