The Church encourages Catholic parents to have their children baptized as soon as possible after birth. This is because of Christ’s teaching on the fundamental importance of Baptism. However, if you have experienced some difficulties with the practice of the faith, and question your ability to provide good and sound instruction or good example for your child, it may be helpful to wait a period of time in order to clarify your own beliefs and to rebuild a life of faith within your family.
When you have decided that the time is right to have your child Baptized, call the rectory (570) 342-5166 and we will help you with the arrangements.
TIME AND PLACE FOR BAPTISM
Baptisms generally take place after the 11:00 am Mass on the third Sunday of the month. Those who will be attending the Baptism are encouraged to participate at the 11:00 am Mass and then remain afterwards for the Baptism.
Please contact the rectory (570) 3452-5166 to schedule your child’s Baptism
Congratulations, you are a parent! Perhaps your child has been born recently, or he or she has been born for some time. Maybe you are awaiting the birth of your child. In any case, you have inquired about the process of having your child baptized and we are happy to guide you through this process. As parents you have many hoes and reams for your child. You have made special preparations to welcome your child into you home and family. Friends and other family members have congratulated you and sent you good wishes. Likewise, Saint Ann’s Basilica Parish congratulates you on the birth of your child and welcomes your child into the Church through the Rite of Baptism.
Following Jesus command to go, teach, and baptize in his name, the Apostles baptized individuals and whole households including children.
By baptizing your child, you decide that your baby will be a Catholic Christian, a member of Christ’s body, the Church. You could not choose anything more precious.
By baptizing your child you recognize that your child is a child of God. You place your child in God’s hands in the sacrament and commit you child to the loving care of Jesus Christ. God’s Son.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that included forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which one becomes an adoptive child of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.”
PREPARATIONS FOR BAPTISM
Since a major part of growing in the knowledge and practice of the faith is experienced in the community and church that you attend, it recommended that children be baptized in the parish and church that the parents participate in.
If you are a member of St. Ann Basilica Parish we would love to celebrate your child’s baptism here.
In order to help parents understand and prepare for their child’s Baptism, Baptismal Instructions are conducted on the second Sunday of each month after the 11:00 am Mass. These classes are held in the rectory, across the street from the Basilica and last for approximately one hour.
If this is your first child, or it has been a number of years since your last child was baptized, you are required to attend the Baptismal Instructions.
DOES A BAPTISM COST?
Nothing. There is no charge for a Baptism.
However, it is customary to make an offering to the priest who is baptizing your child. The amount of the offering is determined by your personal resources and generosity.
The title “Godparent” is not an honorary title but a job description and a responsibility.
Godparents are, along with you, a child’s guide on the Catholic Christian life's journey. They will help shape your child’s faith by sharing their own. You will therefore want to choose people whose own baptismal commitment is firm and whose love for God and neighbor is generous.
At lease one godparent is needed for a child’s baptism. If two godparents are selected they must be one male and one female.
To qualify as a Godparent all the following requirements must be fulfilled:
?- the person must be at least 16 years of age
?- the person must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist
(Communion) in the Catholic Church.
?- the person must attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
?- the person must strive to lead a sacramental life through frequent reception of Holy
Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
?- if married, the person must be in a marriage that is recognized as valid by the Catholic
Church. (i.e. married according to the proper procedure and form and blessed by the Catholic Church)
?- if not active and registered as a member of St. Ann’s Parish, godparents must obtain and submit written permission from their own pastor