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Baptism

What is it? In the simplest of terms, Baptism is the Sacrament by which someone becomes a child of God and an heir of heaven, the life of grace begins, original sin and any personal sins are forgiven and the one baptized becomes a member of the Roman Catholic Church. However, the Catechism of the Catholic Church in number 1213 defines it in a more profound way: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

When should I baptize my child? Children should be baptized as soon as possible after birth. It is irresponsible for parents to unnecessarily postpone the baptism of a child. 

How do I get my child baptized? Please download the file Baptismal Registration Form and fill in the appropriate blanks. Email it back to info@stmmchurch.com. Please note that for a child to be baptized at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish, the parents should be registered in Saint Mary Magdalen, and be practicing members of the Parish. However, no child will be refused baptism on this basis alone. The parents and, if possible, Godparents are required to attend a baptism class, which is held on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Once we receive the baptismal registration form, our Baptism Coordinator, Deacon Bill Preiss, will contact you to schedule the class and confirm the day and time of the sacrament.

Who can be a Godparent? According to Church law, a child must have at least one Godparent. Godparents must be a baptized, confirmed Catholic; at least 16 years old; a practicing member of the Church; and not the child's mother or father. One who is not Catholic may act as a witness. You can only have two Godparents, and if you have two Godparents, one must be male, the other female.

What time are baptisms? Baptisms are held after any weekend Mass. It is presumed that you and your family will be at the Mass prior to the baptism for this special and momentous occasion. Since this is such a special day in your child’s life, as well as yours, we reserve pews for your family in the front of Church on the left side as you face the altar. Just let us know how many will be coming so we can meet your needs.