We look forward to working with you as you prepare to have your baby baptized. It is recommended that you contact us a few months prior to the birth of your child, if possible. We can begin the preparation process after the birth of the child, as well.
“The three sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Orders confer, in addition to grace, a sacramental character or “seal” by which the Christian shares in Christ’s priesthood and is made a member of the Church according to different states and functions. This confirmation to Christ and to the Church, brought about by the Spirit, is indelible; it remains for ever in the Christian as a positive disposition for grace, a promise and guarantee of divine protection, and as a vocation to divine worship and to the service of the Church. Therefore, these sacraments can never be repeated.” CCC 1121
St Joseph Baptismal Preparation
Baptismal preparation begins with regular Mass attendance. Jesus saves us through His death and resurrection, and the Mass puts us in touch with that saving power. God speaks to our hearts in the Mass, and He gives us His healing and strength through the sacrament of the Eucharist. Because the Mass stands at the heart of our relationship with Jesus, families preparing for baptism should register at our parish and attend Mass regularly for 12 weeks before their child’s baptism (and they should resolve to keep attending Mass regularly after baptism).
Note: We understand that the covid pandemic disrupts Mass attendance for many, so if there is no other urgency we recommend delaying baptism until after you return to regular Mass attendance.
Baptismal preparation also requires that families work through the Ascension Press program Belonging which is a series of short videos and a workbook. Parents begin with an in-person, on-site meeting (baby is most welcome to come too!) to watch and discuss a video. Then there are other short videos for you to watch at home on your own time. We will touch base throughout the time it takes you to complete the videos via phone or at a brief meeting after Mass. The workbooks that accompany the videos have information for the godparents which you can pass along.
Contact Margie Sauter, Faith Formation Team Member, by Email or 734-780-6591 to get started.