Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church. In Baptism, the person becomes a child of God and heir of heaven. The journey of faith and discipleship begins, original sin is washed clean, and the newly baptized becomes part of the Family of God.
Children of Catholic parents should be baptized soon after birth so that after the gift of natural life, the supernatural life of grace may commence. As Catholics, we believe in the process of salvation that begins in Holy Baptism. A person is ‘saved’ in the waters of Baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and continues throughout life as one grows in grace. Our ultimate salvation comes when we enter eternal life in God’s glorious Kingdom of Heaven.
According to Church Law, a child must have at least one godparent who is a baptized and confirmed member of the Catholic Church; at least 16 years of age. Parents may not be godparents for their own child’s Baptism. One who is not Catholic, but certainly a good Christian, may act as sponsor. The choice of godparents is an important one, as these make a firm promise to assist parents in their duties as Christian parents.
Those who are not registered members of Assumption, but have family or genuine pastoral reasons to do so, may request their child to be baptized at Assumption. A letter of permission from their proper pastor is expected, attesting to their participation in the faith life of their parish.
Baptisms are normally held following the Noon Mass, at 1:15 p.m. One of the priests or deacons of the parish officiates at Baptism. For pastoral reasons and special circumstances, other arrangements are possible.
No specific offering is expected for a Baptism. If parents wish to make an offering to the Church, this is gratefully accepted.
For a child to be baptized at Assumption Parish, please print out and complete the Baptism forms below and return them to the parish office. A priest will contact you to arrange further instructions. As a parent requests to have their baby baptized, the church has a minimal expectation that the parent will ensure the child has the opportunity to grow in faith and continue the journey of discipleship in the Catholic Church.
To request a Baptismal record, please call the parish secretary at 314-487-7970, ext. 1215.