The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of our seven sacraments. It is through Baptism that the stain of original sin, and any other sin, is wiped away and we become new members of the Body of Christ and the Catholic Church. We extend a special welcome to you if you are trying to find out more about Baptism for yourself, or for your child.
If you have recently become a parent, or your child is a little older, we want to assist you in raising your child in the faith.
Below are some of the frequently asked questions to help you understand the process of having your child baptized. If you have any further questions, please contact the parish office by clicking here to contact the parish office.
Do I have to be a member of the parish to have my baby baptized here?
The celebration of all our sacraments are community events and our community is our parish where we live. If you are a Catholic parent living within the boundaries of Immaculate Conception Parish, or are registered with the parish office, you may have your child baptized here. If you live in another part of the Diocese of Hamilton or in a different diocese, but would like to have your child baptized here for special reasons.
When is the baptism held?
Baptisms take place outside of Mass on a Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Click a location below to see which Sunday of the month baptism is held in that Parish.
Immaculate Conception Church, Formosa
Baptisms take place the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Sacred Heart, Teeswater
Baptisms take place the 3rd Sunday of the month.
For serious pastoral reasons, your child could be baptized at another time with the approval of the priest.
Please click here to learn about Baptism as it relates to COVID-19.
Are we required to attend meetings or classes?
It is required that all parents meet with the parish priest. At the meeting a choice of dates will be offered for the baptismal preparation class or private sessions followed by a date for the sacrament of Baptism.
Once completed, your baptism date will be set.
During the baptismal class or private sessions, you will learn all about the sacrament, have your questions answered, and learn successful ways to incorporate the faith into your family life.
A session lasts between 60-90 minutes, and both parents are required to attend.
Who can be a Godparent?
Every person being baptized, whether a child or an adult, must have a sponsor. The sponsors in Baptism have traditionally been called godparents.
The minimum requirement is one sponsor, but usually when infants are baptized, they have two, one of each gender. Canon law permits only one godparent of each gender – a godmother and a godfather.
To be a sponsor, you must:
• Be at least 16 years or older
• Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation
• Be an active Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
• Not be the parent of the one being baptized
• Show evidence of being a registered, active member of a parish, if needed
If you wish, along with the Catholic sponsor, one godparent can be a baptized Protestant Christian in good standing. They would be known as a Christian witness.
What if I am a single parent?
If you are not married (single parent), this situation, by itself, is not a sufficient reason to delay the Baptism of your child. Before attending the parent’s class, you will be asked to meet with the priest to discuss your responsibilities to raise your child in the faith as a single parent.
What if we did not marry in the Catholic Church
If you are living together, or were married in another denomination, or civilly, you will be asked to meet with the priest before a date for Baptism can be set to discuss the sacramental validation of your marriage. Each parent must make a promise to raise the child according to the faith, a faith that they themselves are practicing. That is difficult to do when the marriage is not a sacramental one.
Jesus gave us His Sacraments to confer Grace upon us. It is this Grace that strengthens us to live according to His commandments. And this includes all of His sacraments.
We support your decision to commit to each other in a civil marriage and would like to discuss the benefits to you and your relationship of inviting God into your life together by having your marriage “blessed” in the Church. Every situation is a little different, so please discuss this with the priest.
How much does it cost?
If you are living within the boundaries of Immaculate Conception Parish of Formosa, and are registered and supporting the parish, there is no cost to have your child baptized.
Donations made to the Church are always appreciated. It is acceptable to show your appreciation to the Church with an honorarium. This should always be according to your means. The suggested honorarium is $50.