Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Trinity. It is the doorway in which we enter the sacramental life. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission as priests, prophets and kings.
For children under the age of seven, Baptism is usually conducted on the second and fourth Sundays. Parish membership and Baptism class are mandatory. Contact the parish office to schedule class and Baptism date at 717.392.2578.
For those older than seven years, the sacrament of Baptism will usually be done along with the other sacraments of initiation, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist, on the Easter Vigil after completion of RCIA.
The requirements for parents:
- They must be registered members of St. Mary’s Church
- They must be attending Mass and participating in the sacramental life of the church
- They need to attend a Baptismal class, which is schedule by appointment (call 717.392.2578)
Godparents provide support for the parents in raising a child in the Catholic faith. They should be chosen carefully as they should be role models who can model Christian life. The requirements for godparents:
- They must be at least 16 years of age.
- They must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church.
- They must attend Mass regularly and receive the Sacraments of the Church regularly.
- If married, they must be married according to the laws of the Catholic Church.
- If a St. Mary’s parishioner, Fr. Brian must approve (Request for Baptism Sponsor or Request for Confirmation Sponsor).
- If not a St. Mary’s parishioner a letter is needed from their pastor stating that they are a parishioner in good standing.
Sponsors for Baptism should be persons who will support you in raising your child in the Catholic faith. Their lives should be an example of faith and service. They are encouraged and welcomed to attend a Baptismal class. Ordinarily, there are two godparents for a child; however only one is necessary. If you only have one godparent, a second baptized believing Christian person who has never belonged to the Catholic Church but who is a good disciple of Christ may serve as a Christian witness along with the Catholic godparent.
Baptism classes are scheduled by appointment when contacting the office to schedule the Baptism. Classes are required for parents and highly recommended for Godparents.