Baptism is the "door of the Church" because it is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation and the very beginning of a new life in Christ. We cannot receive the other sacraments until we first receive baptism.
Baptism is conferred upon a person (infant, child or adult) by the pouring of water over the head three times with the minister proclaiming, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Baptism does three primary things for us:
It heals the wound of original sin (a spiritual “genetic defect” passed down to all people making it difficult at times for us to know God, to know God’s will and to make good and healthy decisions in our lives).
2. It gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit. After baptism, the Holy Spirit (God’s life and Spirit) begins to live within
us—to guide and strengthen us throughout life.
3. It makes us members of God’s family, the Church. With baptism, we become God’s daughters and sons and
are invited to receive the fullness of the blessings and gifts God wishes to give to his people.
Anyone who would like to have their children baptized must attend one baptism class. Classes rotate among area churches. If one of those times is not convenient, please call the parish office to schedule a different time.
What do I do to get my child baptized?
Call the parish office and register for a baptism class. They are offered at various local parishes. If you can't find a class time that fits, call the office and individual arrangements can be made.
What are the requirements for parents?
At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic. After attending the baptism class, call the office to schedule a date for the baptism.
What are the requirements for godparents?
At least one godparent must be a Confirmed, practicing Catholic, at least 16 years old. If there are two godparents, they must be one male and one female. If they don't belong to this parish, they will need to bring in a sponsor letter from their parish. There can be no more than two godparents.
Can a non-Catholic be a godparent?
A baptized non-Catholic may be chosen as a Christian witness provided there is at least one Catholic Godparent.
Baptism Schedule for 2022
March 10 Thursday
The Epiphany of the Lord, Meadville 814-336-1112
May 19 Thursday
St. Hippolyte, Frenchtown
August 21 Sunday
Our Lady Queen of Americas, Conneaut Lake (11:30am)
October 13 Thursday
St. Anthony, Cambridge Springs
What if a godparent lives out-of-town and cannot be at the baptism?
You can have a godparent by proxy. Please be sure this is made known to the priest.
Is there a fee for baptism?
There is never a fee to celebrate a Sacrament. You may make a donation if you wish.