The Sacrament of Baptism
We celebrate the sacrament of baptism for infants or children under seven years of age at 1:00 p.m. on the last Sunday of the month. They also may be baptized at any Sunday Mass on request. Other times and dates may be requested for baptism because of family necessity. All parents are required to attend the Baptism instruction class. The class meets on the Monday prior to Baptism Sunday in the Conference Room at 6:00pm. Must be a registered and practicing Catholic for six months before the Baptism. For older children and adults, we have a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Please contact the Parish office at 489-1946 for Baptism instruction arrangements.
Baptism is the sacrament that frees man from original sin and from personal guilt, that makes him a member of Christ and His Church. It is thus the door to a new and supernatural life.
This sacrament has been undisputed in the Church since the beginning of Christian tradition. It has never been rejected by any heresy intending to remain on a Christian basis. Doubts could arise only about the ways and means of administering it and on its effects and way of operation. These things are therefore in essence what Church documents about baptism deal with.
The Church Teaches:
Baptism is a true sacrament instituted by Christ. It is administered by washing with natural water and at the same time invoking the Most Holy Trinity. Anybody, even an unbeliever or a heretic can validly administer baptism. Since it confers grace by the signs' being properly carried out children can and should be baptized even while still infants. Baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism effects the remission of original sin and actual sins and of all punishment due to sin; it confers sanctifying grace, membership in Christ and in the Church and the obligation to obey the Church's laws, and give an indelible character.
Note: from Pope Innocent III AD1201. The baptism of young children is not profitless. As circumcision made men members of the People of Israel, so baptism gives them entry to the kingdom of heaven......
For more information, read the Catechism on Baptism here.
Baptism at St. John's
Last Sunday each month at 1:00 pm. All parents are required to attend the Baptism instruction class. The class meets on the Monday prior to Baptism Sunday in the Conference Room at 6:00 pm. Must be a registered and practicing Catholic for six months before the Baptism. Please contact the Parish office for Baptism instruction arrangements.
Guidelines regarding Baptism Sponsors:
The sponsor or godparent can be of either gender. However, there also may be two sponsors, but in that case they must be one of each gender. There may not be two women or two men as sponsors. The sponsor must be at least 16 years old and a baptized, confirmed and practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church. (They will need a letter from the pastor of their parish attesting to their good standing in the Catholic Church) A non-Catholic who is a baptized Christian from some ecclesial community, is called a Christian witness” but not a sponsor nor a godparent. (Taken from Canons 849-878)