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Infant Baptism

"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments" (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213).

This great gift, instituted by Christ himself when he said after his resurrection, "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit" (Mt 28:19), is given to the infant and nurtured by both the parents and godparents as well as the Church community.

@ St. Michael's:
St. Michael Parish is committed to welcoming parents and assisting them in their role as the primary educators in the faith life of their child, and offering support as that child grows and matures. In response to that commitment, St. Michael Parish staff offers a process of preparation for parents who present their child for baptism.

After calling the parish office to indicate the desire for baptism, parents will be invited to schedule an appointment with the pastor to begin the process of preparation. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss basic information needed, and most importantly to begin for parents a time of awareness and preparation so that when their child is baptized, it may also be an event which celebrates their own faith.

Parents will then be invited to sign up for two evenings of instruction. The first session will focus on the meaning of baptism - what it is, how we live it, and how we celebrate it. The second session will focus on living a Catholic life-style as family and raising Catholic children. Both evenings are a blend of brief presentations and discussion. Both parents are asked to attend unless extraordinary situations prevent them, and godparents are strongly encouraged to attend.

Baptism is celebrated at St. Michael Parish within the Sunday liturgy. It is the community of faith along with the parents and godparents who in the Rite of Baptism promises their assistance and guidance to the child as he/she grows in faith.
St. Michael Parish,
Dec 3, 2009, 1:06 PM