Sacrament of Baptism
Our Lady of the Rosary (OLR) generally baptizes on Sundays at 1:00 PM, after the noon mass. Baptisms are in the community, usually with three to five other families.
What parents need to know:
Parents should be married within the Church, but it is not required. At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic in good standing. The Child to be baptized must be under the age of seven. It must be the parents who contact the Church for baptism, not another relative or friend in their behalf.
First-time parents and Godparents need to take a mandatory baptism class. Effective July 2017, OLR offers the class once a month, on the 3rd Thursday, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The class is held at the OLR Pastoral Center. You may park in the OLR parking lot off of Columbia St. No registration is necessary.
Parents and Godparents may take the baptism class at another parish. If the parents or Godparents do take the baptism class at another parish we need a letter from that parish to confirm this.
If you are a registered parishioner of another parish you will need a letter from your pastor allowing the baptism to take place at OLR.
Godparents must be over sixteen, one male and one female. At least one Godparent must be a practicing Catholic in good standing (baptized, first communion, confirmed, and receiving the Eucharist). We will need a letter from the pastor of their parish to confirm their good standing. A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Church community may participate together with a Catholic sponsor as a witness of the baptism. You may have more than two witnesses stand with you at baptism, but there can only be two official Godparents.
Godparents may take a baptism class either at OLR or their parish. If they take the class at their parish, they must obtain a letter of completion.
To discuss the baptism of your child, email Deacon Stephen O'Riordan.
Baptism is the first day of new life with the Holy Spirit, the indwelling Spirit of Truth, who will
“Teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you” Jn 14 : 26-27
It is clear in Jesus’ words to Nicodemus that the Spirit comes to us in baptism and it is through the baptism we come to know God.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Nicodemus said to him, “How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”
Jesus answered, “Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit”.
Baptism is the gateway to life within Mother Church, the Ark of Salvation, who receives all things, embraces all things, endures all things, and pass on all things.
From the Catechism of the Church
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons 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.”
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For more general information on Baptism see the U.S. Bishop’s Baptism handout