What is baptism?
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. We are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word.”
Initial Form: Request for Baptism
Parents wanting to baptize a child younger than seven years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel should download the “Request for Baptism” form or come to the office and ask for it from any of our receptionists. Parents must realize, when asking for baptism of their child, that they will be promising, before God, to train their child in the practice of the faith and they will also be accepting the duty to bring their child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Parents from another parish wishing to baptize at Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be required to provide a letter of permission from their pastor. Once the form is filled and signed it should be returned to the receptionist.
Parents will be contacted within two weeks and they will be advised of the required paperwork and preparation. We always ask parents and godparents to attend a pre-baptismal seminar. Parents may be asked to meet with a parish deacon or priest. It is the responsibility of the parents to contact the office and make the appointment.
Godparents are present in order to represent both the expanded spiritual family of the one to be baptized and the role of the Church as a mother. As occasion offers, godparents help the parents so that children will come to profess the faith and live up to it.
Godparents must meet the following requirements as specified in Canon law:
Be at least 16 years old
Have received all Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
Practice their Catholic faith by joining every Sunday in the celebration of the Mass and receiving communion
No cohabiting. If married, the marrige must have been celebrated according to the Rite of the Catholic Church
Registered parishioner of a Catholic parish
Some proof of the godparents meeting these requirements may be required by the preparer. As a minimum, at least one godparent must meet all the listed requirements.
The preparation for baptism is of vital concern to God’s people, the Church, which hands on and nourishes the faith received from the apostles.
We regularly have pre-baptismal seminars the third Wednesday of the month. Please confirm availability and your intention to attend by calling the parish office.
We accept certificates of attendance to pre-baptismal seminars or classes from any Roman Catholic Church.
We currently regularly celebrate baptisms the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 11:00 AM. Baptisms cannot be scheduled until all the requirements have been met. We do not celebrate baptisms during the last two weeks of December. Parents need to plan ahead for their baptism. It is in their hands that it happens in a timely manner because they are in charge of turning in the needed letters and certificates.