A Sacrament of Initiation

Baptism: new life in Christ

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” Mark 16:16

Notice

Due to COVID-19, our Baptism Preparation course will take place in an online video format. Parents will register for the course and the Baptism sacrament itself, pick up a book from the parish office, and be given a code to input into the Ascension Press website to commence the course.

Once the course is completed, parents can book their baptism celebration date with 20 guests maximum (TBC, pending the actual number of babies to be baptized per celebration). We will celebrate Baptisms on Sunday at 12 noon, after the 11 a.m. Mass.

Please note that if you or any of your guests are experiencing any COVID symptoms and/or have travelled outside of the country for the past 14 days, they are required by the provincial government to stay home and self-isolate.

Baptism Preparation and Celebration Details

Baptism is the exciting first step into the family of God. Please read this page thoroughly as here you will find all the information you will need for Baptism and Baptism Preparation.

Here are the steps you will need to take in order to get your child Baptized :

STEP  1 : BAPTISM  REGISTRATION FORM

The first step in the process of Baptism Preparation is to download and print off a Baptism Registration Form. Please fill it out to the best of your abilities.

STEP  2 : EMAIL THE SACRAMENT PREP COORDINATOR

After you complete the form, please contact Sacraments Coordinator – Francesca Ambrosino at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca to arrange an appointment (either in person or online) to discuss questions, complete the registration process, get started on the preparation, and choose the Baptism day. In this email, please attach :

a) Your completed registration form.
b) A photocopy of your child’s Birth Certificate. You can take the course without it (i.e. you have ordered it and it has not arrived yet, or you have not given birth yet), however the birth certificate must be submitted before the Baptism.
c) If you have already chosen godparents, you will also need to attach a copy of each godparent’s Confirmation certificate(s) to the email. Please read the “Godparents” section below for more information.

STEP  3 : BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE

After you have had your meeting with the Sacraments Coordinator, you will be asked to pick up the Baptism work book. During the Pandemic, we are using an online program called Belonging, produced by Ascension Press. once you have picked up the workbook and paid the $25 fee for the book, you will receive a link via email to take the online course. Please note: for your convenience, we take Visa, Mastercard, Debit, Cash and Cheque.

Once you have completed the online course, you will receive a certificate of completion. Please email it to sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca to indicate that you have completed the course.

STEP  4 : THE BAPTISM

While some families may like to choose the Baptism day during the initial meeting, you are also welcome to choose it after you have completed the course. Baptism typically take place every Sunday at 12:00 PM in St. Mary’s Chapel (the small chapel) at St. Michael’s parish. You will be asked to dress your child in white outfit. Due to gathering restrictions, only 20 people, including the child are allowed. Baptism during Mass are currently not being offered.

 

SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN AND TEENAGE BAPTISM

Please note: this program is designed for parents with infants and small children. If you have an older child or teenager interested in Baptism, please contact Francesca directly at sacramentprep@saintmichael.ca.

 

GODPARENTS

Once you have chosen Godparent(s), please forward this article to them.
When considering your Godparents for your child, please note the following :

  • A child may have only one or two Godparents at Baptism. If you choose to have two Godparents, one must be a Godfather and one must be a Godmother.
  • At least one Godparent must be a baptized, practicing Catholic and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. he or she must also be above 16 years of age. You must submit a copy of their Confirmation certificate or an annotated Baptism certificate with their Confirmation date indicated before your child’s baptism date.
  • Your Godparent(s) must be registered members in a Catholic parish.
  • If married, your Godparent(s) must be married in the Roman Catholic Church or in another Church, with permission and a dispensation.
  • A non-Catholic but Christian Godparent is called a Witness. The name for this Godparent goes under the Witness line on the registration form. This person accompanies the confirmed Catholic Godparent in the faith journey of your child. Please indicate on the registration form which faith/church in which the Witness was baptized. You will need to submit a Baptism certificate for the Christian Witness.
  • The Godparent(s) should be models of your faith, attend Mass, and receive the Sacraments of the Church.
  • Godparents do not need to be a married couple. you can choose two single people.
  • If you have chosen Godparents who cannot travel to attend the actual Baptism Celebration, you may have a proxy stand in for him/her on your child’s special day.

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