Your Child’s Baptism
"Father, God of mercy,
through these waters of baptism
you have filled us with new life
as your very own children."
FROM THE RITE OF BAPTISM
So there is a new baby in your future. Congratulations. Through the waters of Baptism, your child will be welcomed into the Christian community and into the community of St. Michael the Archangel Parish.
We congratulate you and your child, and offer this information to help you prepare for the celebration of this Sacrament.
2013 Baptism Weekends
|January 5-6||May 11-12||September TBA|
|February 2-3||June 1-2||October TBA|
|March - No baptisms||July 6-7||November TBA|
|April 13-14||August 3-4||December TBA|
Parents' Meetings: January 28th, March 18th & May 20th.
Parent meetings are a diocesan requirement for parents who have never attended a meeting at St. Michael’s. Meetings are held on the Mondays above from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.
What is the role of the godparent?
Godparents are members of the Christian community who, by their lives and their faith, set a good example for the child whose initiation into this community they are sponsoring. Godparents may also support the parents in the upbringing of the child as a Catholic Christian. They should be able to stay in communication with the child as he or she is growing up. It is recommended that, at the time of the child’s Confirmation, one of the Baptism sponsors serves as the Confirmation Sponsor.
Who may serve as a godparent?
One godparent must be a baptized, confirmed, practicing Catholic at least 16 years of age. The other may be of another religious tradition, but must be a baptized, practicing Christian. This person is called a “Christian Witness.”
How many godparents may I have?
According to Canon Law (Canon #873) there may be one godfather, one godmother or one of each. It is not permissible to have two godmothers or two godfathers.
What documents must the godparents present?
None. The Diocese of Youngstown does not require that the parents present a "Sponsor Certificate." The appropriateness of the choice of godparent is left up to the parents.
Frequently Asked Questions
What requirements must be fulfilled prior to the celebration of Baptism?
Parents should be registered members of St. Michael Parish. It is a diocesan requirement that parents take part in a Parent Preparation Meeting prior to the Baptism, if they have never attended a meeting at St. Michael’s.
What about Baptism by immersion?
Water is a primary symbol of Baptism. Baptism by immersion is the fuller use of this symbol. The Rite of Infant Baptism has a clear preference for immersion, thus letting the symbol speak clearly. Parents who are undecided about immersion are advised to wait until after the Parent Meeting to make their decision.
What about "private baptism?"
Baptism, by its very nature, is never "private," but is communal. We are initiating someone into this community, therefore it stands to reason that a significant part of the community be present and take part in the celebration.
Which Preparation Meeting should I attend?
You may choose any one of the meetings, even if you have not yet chosen the date for the Baptism. Many couples have found that it is easier to attend the meeting even before the birth of the baby.
For questions or concerns, to make arrangements for Baptism, or to register for the Parent Preparation, please phone the parish office (330) 492-3119 and speak to Pat Berring (ext. #22).
Baptisms . . .
at St. Michael’s are celebrated each month on one weekend of the month, except during the Season of Lent.
On that weekend, you may choose to have the Baptism during one of these Masses: Saturday afternoon at 4:00 or Sunday at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 AM or 5:30 PM, with the exception listed on the schedule. Or you may choose to have the Baptism at 12:30 PM on Sunday, which is the Rite of Baptism outside of Mass.
We wish to have no more than two Baptisms celebrated at any one Mass. These will be scheduled as they are requested. There is no limit to the number of Baptisms at the 12:30 PM time.