Baptism

 

BAPTISM OF CHILDREN

“By God’s gift through water and the Holy Spirit we are reborn to everlasting life. In his goodness, may he continue to pour out his blessings upon these sons and daughters of his.May he make them always, wherever they may be, faithful members of his holy people. May he send his peace upon all who are gathered here, in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

RITE OF BAPTISM

Congratulations on the birth of your new baby and welcome to our  baptism page, we are delighted that you are considering having your baby baptized here at St. Mary’s! Please call the rectory office at 508-992-7163  or email the parish at info@stmarysdartmouth.org for information regarding the Baptism of your child.  

 Baptisms are celebrated following the 11:30 Mass on the Second and Fourth Sunday of the Month.  You are welcome to invite family members and friends to attend the 11:30 Mass and stay for the baptism which follows.            (During the Month of May 2017, Baptism will take place on the First and Fourth Sunday)

 

BAPTISM PREPARATION

If this is your first time bringing a child forward for baptism, it is a requirement that parents participate in one baptism preparation session. St. Mary’s, the preparation sessions will be held on the following dates in the year 2017:

 
April  1st
May 6th 
June 3rd
July 1st
August 5th
September 9th
October 14th
November 11th 
December 2nd

 If you have already had a child baptized at St. Mary’s and have attended a previous Baptism Preparation Session, you need not attend the preparation session again unless you would like to.

 

 

PARENTS

Ordinarily, the parents of the child to be baptized are members of St. Mary’s Church. If you are not and live in the area, you are invited to register and become active in our parish family. If you live elsewhere and wish to have your child baptized here, all we need is a letter of permission from your home parish. 

 

 

 

GODPARENTS

You will need to select at least one qualified godparent or sponsor. There are normally two godparents, one man and one woman. Godparents need to be at least 16 years of age, confirmed and, if currently married, married according to the laws of the Church.

Godparents need to obtain a “sponsor’s certificate” from the church they currently attend.  It is possible to have one “Catholic Sponsor” and one “Christian Witness”.  A Christian witness is a person who is baptized in another Christian denomination. We commonly refer to both as godparents.

A close friend or family member who is not baptized does not qualify to be a godparent. This applies also for a Catholic who is not confirmed  or one who is currently in a marriage not recognized by the Catholic Church.