Baptizing Your Child
In baptism the Church welcomes with joy a new member of the Body of Christ. Since its first days, the Church has been entrusted with baptizing “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and teaching what the Lord Jesus had taught his disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).
At St. Robert, the baptism of infants and young children includes this important preparation:
the sincere desire to raise the child in the Catholic Christian faith
parish membership (or letter of delegation from pastor of current parish)
scheduling the baptism and the pre-baptismal orientation sessions
selection of sponsor(s)/godparent(s) and/or Christian witness
Pre-Baptismal Sessions for Parents and Sponsors/Godparents
Sessions are held each month. Please contact the parish office for details or to to register for an upcoming session.
Who May Be a Sponsor/Godparent?
Sponsors/godparents must be baptized, confirmed, and practicing Catholics, 16 years of age or older and a person other than a parent or adoptive parent of the child. At least one must be named, but no more than two (one male and one female). A Christian witness—that is, a baptized non-Catholic—may also be selected. Christian witnesses must also be 16 years of age or older and not the parent or adoptive parents. Grandparents may serve as sponsors/godparents or as Christian witnesses.
Scheduling a Baptism
Because of the communal, public nature of baptism, all baptisms are celebrated during the regularly-scheduled weekend liturgies. Baptisms are not scheduled during Advent or Lent, on certain holidays, or on days of major parish events (such as the annual fair). There may be more than one child baptized at a given Mass. Space in church will be reserved for family members and friends on the day of the baptism.