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Congratulations to all expectant parents!

Both parents are asked to attend an information and faith enrichment session before scheduling the baptism of their first child.  The session is only required once, so you will not need to take the session again for your future children.  Instructions are held in February, June and October. Registration is required. Please call the Catechetical Office at (440) 886-1468, x17 for more details or to register.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second Sunday of the month at 1:15PM. There are some exceptions.  Arrangements can be made by calling the Parish Office at (440) 886-4434.

Godparent / Sponsor Requirements

In Baptism, godparents, or sponsors, are those who present a child or adult candidate to the Church for baptism. Their role is to help the person being baptized to develop their understanding and practice of the faith. They do so by their own example of faith, as well as by answering questions and helping the newly baptized become an active member of the community of the Church. In the case of an infant, they assist the parents in whatever way possible to raise the child in faith. Most importantly, godparents and sponsors should pray for the newly baptized often, supporting them by their prayers. Therefore at least one godparent for a child and a sponsor for an adult must be Catholic. The other godparent can be a baptized non-Catholic and is called a Christian witness.

The requirements of the Godparents you choose for your child's baptism are as follows:
-Must be at least 16 years of age
-Must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation
-If married, the marriage must have taken place, or been later validated, within the Catholic Church
-Must be a practicing Catholic, who is officially registered at a parish and is a regular Mass attendee
-Must obtain a Sponsor Certificate from the parish of registration and provide it to the Parish Office at least one week before the baptism
-Must strive to live out the Gospel daily and encourage others to do so, especially those who the person is responsible for
-Must vow to give support to the person being baptized by showing interest in the person's Catholic growth, by keeping the person in prayer, and by being a good Christian example for that person

About the Sacrament of Baptism

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).


Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)


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