“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” – Matthew 28: 19-20
Baptism is the Sacrament which brings us into the Body of Christ and allows us to participate in the life of the Church. The Catholic Catechism tells us that Baptism may only be administered to a person who has never been previously baptized.
Baptism of infants is a blessed tradition of the Catholic Church and it’s asked that children be Baptized as soon after birth as possible. This ensures the child becoming of God’s graces and provides the first sacrament to the baby after birth. A Baptismal class is required for all first-time parents. Classes start around 7:45pm in the library at Mary Help of Christians following Tuesday evening Mass and are presented by Dan Kahlig.
When an adult is baptized he or she undergoes a preparation for the sacrament called the Catechumenate. The candidate for Baptism is called a Catechumen and should be properly initiated into the mystery of salvation and the practice of the Evangelical virtues. They should also be introduced into the life of faith, liturgy, and charity of the People of God by successive rites.
To register for a Baptismal class or for questions regarding a Baptism, please contact the Cluster Office at 419-375-4153.
After proper preparation Baptisms are then offered at the following parishes on the Sunday’s listed below. They each take place at 12:00pm at the respective parishes.
1st Sunday – St. Joseph
2nd Sunday – St. Peter
3rd Sunday – St. Paul
4th Sunday – MHC