The Sacrament of Baptism is a sacrament of Initiation, the first step for Catholics in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Baptisms are performed as a communal Sacrament and not private by Deacon John Fanelle on the fourth Sunday of each month after the 11:00 a.m. Mass.
Parents are required to register as parishioners and become active and participating members of our community at least three months BEFORE requesting baptism. If this is the first child, both parents are required to attend the Baptismal Class, as well as parents who have not attended a baptism class in the last two years. Baptismal classes are held on the first Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm in St. Ann’s Chapel. Godparents are strongly encouraged to attend a class either at St. Thèrése or at their own parish.
Required before Baptism:
1. The Baptismal Registration
2. A copy of the child’s Birth Certificate
3. Sacramental fee of $50
4. A Parish Registration form if not already registered.
It is also customary and encouraged to offer a stipend to the Clergy celebrating the baptism of your child.
A Baptimal Candle and white stole will be provided by the Parish.
Plan carefully with adequate time for all the steps.
“I have held thee in the palm of my hand.”