Baptism

Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Matthew 3:5
The sacrament of baptism is the most ancient and important of the Church’s sacraments of initiation. Through the administration of this sacrament, a person is initiated into the life of Christ and comes to know themselves as God’s beloved child, created in His image and likeness and called to enter fully into Christ’s ministry in the world as priest, prophet and king. As The Catechism teaches: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. Through baptism, we are freed from sin as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission… (1213)

Our Lady Queen of the World Parish welcomes inquiries by persons interested in being baptized or having their children baptized in our faith community. The following are some guidelines for baptism as well as an outline of the process that we follow.

Guidelines for Christian Baptism

  1. Parents of children to be baptized should be active members of Our Lady Queen of the World Parish.
  2. Parents should be baptized and practicing Catholics, attending mass on a regular basis. They should also be in a valid marriage (which means they were married in a Catholic Church or had the permission of the Archbishop to marry in another Christian Church). If any of these conditions are not met they will be invited to discuss the possibility of having their union validated in the church they want their child to be part of.
  3. Although baptisms are not refused at Our Lady Queen of the World, there may be times when they are delayed until various concerns are worked out. Sacraments should not be entered into lightly, under family pressure, or because they are seen as merely social or cultural conventions. The pastor of the parish must be sure that a right understanding and a proper disposition towards the sacrament is evident before they can proceed. We are not looking for perfection from our parents but a reasonable assurance that the promises they will be making at the baptismal celebration are meaningful to them and to the faith life of their family.
  4. God-parents are intended to serve as sincere and committed witnesses to the Catholic Christian faith who will help the parents raise their child in a Christian way of life. Ideally, there should be two God-parents and they should be male and female, to provide a balance and to reflect the primary environment of the Christian home. If two are not available, one God-parent is acceptable. Godparents must be 16 years of age, baptized, confirmed, and practicing Catholics. If a person chosen is not Catholic, that person must be a baptized Christian and he/she becomes a Christian witness. They cannot be Muslim, Mormon, Buddhist, Hindu, or any other non-Christian faith.
  5. If a godparent cannot attend the ceremony, a proxy may stand in for them.
  6. An offering of $50 for the baptism, which will be added as a donation for tax purposes, is suggested.

Outline of the Preparation Process for Baptism

Persons interested in baptism for themselves or their child should contact one of the parish priests for a time of meeting and discernment as to their intentions and readiness to enter into this sacrament of initiation.

  1. After their initial meeting with the priest, they should then contact the parish office and register to attend the first baptism preparation class. The “Introduction to Christian Spirituality” class offers them an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the Christian life and the sacrament of baptism with other parents in the community of faith. God-parents are most welcome but not required to attend.
  2. Parents should be baptized and practicing Catholics, attending mass on a regular basis. They should also be in a valid marriage (which means they were married in a Catholic Church or had the permission of the Archbishop to marry in another Christian Church). If any of these conditions are not met they will be invited to discuss the possibility of having their union validated in the church they want their child to be part of.
  3. After attending the first class , the parents will meet again personally with a priest to reflect together with him on their commitment. At that time, the priest will register them for a second “Baptism Preparation” class that is intended to orientate them to the meaning and practice of the sacramental ritual. God-parents are most welcome, but not required to attend.
  4. Once both of the preparation classes are completed and the dates are set in consultation with the priest, parents and God-parents are considered adequately informed and prepared for the celebration of baptism.