Baptism Preparation

“Unless a person is born through water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven”

Baptism preparation class is designed to assist parents and godparents in their growing understanding of what the Sacrament of Baptism celebrates, why the Catholic Faith community celebrates Baptism, and what it means for parents, for godparents, for an infant, and for the larger Faith community. We focus on several questions which often come to mind as one thinks about celebrating Baptism for their child:

  • What is Faith and why do we want our children to have Faith?
  • Why do we need a ritual anyway?
  • Do we still believe in original sin? Limbo? Hell?
  • Why are we celebrating Baptisms during Sunday Masses?
  • What role do godparents play?
  • Why do we use oil in Baptism?
  • During this celebration, what are parents promising God and the Faith community that they will do?
  • What is the Faith community promising God they will do?

As Catholics we baptize children when they are very young. This gives our children the opportunity to share in the special gift of God’s sacramental love at an early age. General guidelines for the celebration of Baptism:

  • Children infant through six-years old
  • Parent(s) of child to celebrate Baptism is a (are) parishioner(s) of St. Peter the Apostle Parish
  • Attendance by parent(s) weekly at Sunday Mass
  • One Godparent must be a fully initiated Catholic (having celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), in good standing with the Church, who participates in weekly Sunday Mass with a Roman Catholic Faith community.
  • Parents and, if possible, godparents are to attend a class. Baptism Preparation Classes are held once a quarter. Please check the calendar for the scheduled dates.

For more information or to register, contact the parish office, 912-897-5156.