“In those days, Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as he was coming out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove upon Him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son. With you I am well pleased.’” Mk 1:9-11 

 

Baptism

Baptism is the first opportunity that we have, as the child’s Catholic community, to receive and welcome the child, and especially to welcome him or her as a beloved child of God.

Baptism marks the beginning of a child’s participation in the sacramental life of the church. It is a moment where parents make the promise to raise their child in the Catholic faith and continue to give example by their own lives of faith.

The baptismal process aims to help parents prepare for their vocation as primary teachers of the faith. Supported by the involvement of the godparents and our Catholic community, the parents will continue to grow in their understanding of the faith and application of it in their own homes as their family grows.

Preparing for Infant Baptism at St. Bridget

We would be delighted to assist you in preparing for and celebrating your child’s baptism!  Please contact Carla Loucks in the parish office to get a Baptism Welcome Letter containing detailed information regarding the steps and requirements for infant baptism and a Baptism Intake Form to be completed and returned to the parish office, along with your child’s birth certificate.  These can also be scanned and emailed to carla@stbridgetchurch.org.

Parents are also required to participate in a Baptism Preparation Class which we offer multiple times per year. This class includes discussion on the theological significance of baptism, the role of parents and godparents in the faith life of the child, and an overview of the Rite of Baptism. Dates for upcoming classes are: Wednesday - August 7, 2019; Thursday - October 17, 2019; Wednesday - January 8, 2020. Classes are held in the Fireside Room from 7-8:30pm.

Baptisms are usually celebrated during the 9:30am Sunday morning mass, approximately every other month. Dates for upcoming baptisms are: August 25, 2019; October 27, 2019; and January 12, 2020.

Godparents are asked to complete the Godparent Statement and either attend the Baptism Preparation Class or watch these two videos available on YouTube:  “Understanding Baptism in the Roman Catholic Church,” by Busted Halo and “Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Baptism.”

For more information, contact Carla Loucks at 206-523-8787 or carla@stbridgetchurch.org