what is baptism and Why Do we RECEIVE it?
Baptism, as with all of the sacraments, is a visible and outward sign which seals us belonging to Christ as His adopted sons and daughters. It unites us as Christians and makes us members of the Body of Christ. As the Catechism states, baptism symbolizes the "burial into Christ's death, from which [we rise] up by resurrection with him, as a new creature." (CCC, 1214). In other words, it is through baptism that we are reborn into a new life and washed clean of original sin. Baptism is a sacrament that is necessary for salvation. As Christ tells us in John 3:5, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God."
How do I go about scheduling a baptism?
For Children: Baptism Preparation for Parents and Godparents preparing to baptize an infant or young child is held once each month by appointment only. Monthly dates are listed in the Parish Bulletin. Parents should be members of Sacred Heart Church, or obtain a letter of permission from their parish to Baptize at Sacred Heart Church. Godparents must be no less than 16 years old, practicing Catholics, who have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, and if married, must be in a valid Catholic marriage. If the Godparents attend another Catholic Church, they must obtain a letter from their Catholic Parish, stating that they are eligible to be Godparents. Sacred Heart must receive this letter at least two weeks prior to the Baptism. Baptisms will not be scheduled until after Parents and Godparents have attended the Baptism class.
For Adults: Please see the R.C.I.A. section in the Adult Faith Formation tab for more information.
instructions before attending baptism class
It is required that you watch the first 3 sessions of the Reborn series on FORMED.org.
Follow these steps to log in to FORMED:
- Click the link above.
- Click on "Register."
- Enter in your email address.
- Enter in the Parish Code: MHZMFW
- Follow the prompts from there.
- Once you are logged in, click "search."
- Type in "Reborn" and hit enter or click the arrow to the right of the search bar.
- You will then see a few different sessions. The following are the required sessions:
Session 1: A New Creation
Session 2: Entering the Mystery
Session 3: Nurturing the Life of Grace
Come to class prepared to discuss what you have learned from these sessions.