Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is the Sacrament of the Catholic Church by which a person is incorporated into Christ, by which original sin and all sin are wiped clean and by which a person becomes a member of the Catholic Church. Baptism is celebrated by the pouring of blessed water while the words “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” are said, by the anointing of Chrism (oil consecrated by the Bishop), the wearing of a Baptismal garment symbolizing one taking on the life of Christ and being presented with a Baptismal candle lit from the Easter Candle.
Godparents are chosen by the parents to assist in the forming of the newly baptized in the faith. Baptism is required before any other Sacraments are celebrated or received. Baptism is the first of the initiation Sacraments, the others being Eucharist and Confirmation. Baptism is only received once.
Baptism Preparation for Infants and Children
First time parents are expected to attend a Pre-Baptismal Instruction which is held the first Sunday of March, June, September and December. At this instruction, the Sacrament of Baptism, the requirements for Godparents, the Baptismal Rite and what Baptism means for a life in Christ are all explained. Registration is required by calling the SHOJ Parish Office at (330) 336-3049.
A Godparent is a practicing Catholic who has received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, at least 16 years old, is not the parent of the person being baptized, is a registered and practicing member of a Catholic parish and if married, in a valid Catholic marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. These are universal requirements that are required under Canon (Church) Law. Only one Godparent is required for Baptism, two (a male and a female) are the norm. If there is only one Godparent, there is an allowance for a Christian Witness, a practicing Christian who has been baptized and can prove current membership in a recognized Christian Church community.
Baptismal Garment Ministry
Baptismal Garments are used during the Rite of Baptism to indicate the newly baptized has put on the life of Christ, unstained now by sin. Members of this ministry sew baptismal garments that are used during the baptism ceremony as they are needed.
Baptism Preparation for Adults
Adults who are interested in being baptized Roman Catholic should go to Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults