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Infant Baptism

Date and Time of Baptisms

Baptisms should be scheduled at least one month in advance.

Generally, baptisms are celebrated each Sunday after the 11:00 AM Sunday Mass.

Parents along with the child to be baptized, godparents and guests should attend the 11:00 Mass.

Please note that no baptisms are scheduled on some Sundays so it is important to confirm the date with Father Joe Salerno before inviting guests to attend.

Children Eligible for Baptism

Children who have, at least, one parent who worships at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church may be baptized in our parish church.

Children whose parents do not worship at Our Lady of the Rosary may be baptized here after explain-ing the reason for their desire to have their child baptized here.

Godparents and Christian Witnesses

Godparents are more than just special friends or relatives of the child to be baptized. Godparents stand as representative of the Catholic community and act as a special witness to the child of what it means to be a good Catholic.

To be a godparent, a person must be:

  1. A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
  2. Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
  3. A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to carry out this responsibility. (Catholics currently living in a marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are ex-cluded from being a godparent. )
  4. Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancé of the one who is to be baptized.

A validly baptized and believing Christian from a separated church may act as a Christian Witness so long as there is also a Catholic Godparent. A non-baptized person may never act as a Godparent or Christian witness.

If a godparent is unable to attend the baptismal ceremony, it is possible to have a “proxy”. A proxy is a stand-in at the ceremony when the designated godparent can not be present. The designated godparent will be noted in the official record of the parish.

Prayer of Parents at Baptism

Loving God, you have given me this child. On this baptism day, help me to encourage my child’s faith. Help me to foster faith, growth and responsibility in my child. Help me to teach, to love, to value, to honor our child. But most of all, Lord, help me always to re-member that our child comes from your love .Amen.