Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism is conducted (effective February 2016) on the last Saturday of each month from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Please register in advance with Steve Brown to attend preparation. Information on the Importance of Baptism. The Catholic Church has recognized the importance of Baptism since Jesus instructed His disciples to “Go therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Mt 28:19).
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213 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.
For Parents: At Baptisms we rejoice over the gift of new life both in your family and in the family of the Church. As a child is brought into the Body of Christ, it is important to know the child will truly be a member of the Church. Canon 868.1,2 requires the minister to have a well-founded hope that the infant will be reared in the Catholic Faith. Lacking such a hope, the Baptism will be deferred until such hope can be had. Each Pastor must apply this requirement as best he can. At St Thomas More, if parents are registered for a sufficient period of time and attending Mass as shown by the recorded contributions, the Baptism can be scheduled without delay. If parents are not active parishioners, we will defer the Baptism until they become active parishioners.
Baptisms by visiting clergy or in other parishes: The Pastor of the parents is responsible for the Baptism of his parishioners often sharing that role with his parochial vicar and any deacons assigned to the parish. On an individual basis, we will consider requests for visiting priests or deacons to baptize at St Thomas More. Because a priest or deacon cannot baptize anyone who does not belong to his parish, clergy, other than parish clergy, will require permission of the proper pastor of the child before baptizing. Such permissions are given if the parents meet the criteria described above.
Sponsors: Godparents have a special role in the life of the baptized. It is an honor to share the parents’ role of leading children to live and know the Christian Faith. Technically, the law of the Church requires only one sponsor, but there are usually two. If there are two, one should be male and one female (Canon 873). Sponsors must be Catholics who have been Confirmed, made their First Holy Communion, and are practicing the Faith. They should be at least 16 years of age. Since only one Catholic sponsor is required, a Christian who is not Catholic may serve as a Christian Witness to the Baptism and assume the ceremonial role of a sponsor. If from outside St Thomas More, then a letter of standing from the Godparent's parish must be sent to St Thomas More.
Children’s Names: Traditionally, Catholic children were to be given the name of at least one saint at Baptism. The law today states that no name foreign to a Christian mentality may be given. We strongly urge parents to include a saint’s name for your child. Even if you do not want the saint’s name as a part of your child’s legal name, we can include it in the Baptism ceremony and insert it parenthetically in our records and on the Baptism certificate. Your children deserve patron saints as role models and intercessors. At some future date they will get to learn about their patrons. Many popular names have saintly origins and if parents want to know if a particular name is associated with a saint, they can research the internet or inquire at our office.