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The Sacrament of Baptism

In Baptism, Christ unites us with himself. It is the Sacrament of regeneration in which Christ gives us Gods grace. Through Baptism, as through a door, we enter the Church, the Christian community. It is a celebration of initiation into Christianity.

Just as Jesus died, was buried and rose again to a new life, so through the water of baptism one becomes dead to sin and alive in Christ Jesus.This is a privilege and a responsibility to bear.

 

Classes

The decision to have a child Baptized is not to be taken lightly by the Church or parents. That is why some preparations are required. Before a child is presented for Baptism the parents should understand what Baptism is all about and above all, be honest in their decision. Parents are to be in good standing and practicing members of the Christian community into which their child is to enter. If not, it is better to wait till they themselves are living that life. They are, as the Rite of Baptism says, “to be witnesses of the Faith, by what they say and do.”

Parents who would like to have their infants Baptized should allow at least three months for the required preparation. Baptism classes are conducted by Parish staff in a group setting with other young families preparing for the Sacrament. The Baptisms are celebrated communally with other families who have participated in the preparation program.
 

As part of your baptismal preparation at St. Dominic’s, parents and godparents are asked to complete an on-line course at home prior to your baptismal preparation classes at the parish. This online course must be completed before you continue in the rest of the process. The web-based series is called REBORN and is available in both English and Spanish.

As a sign of the parish’s commitment in supporting the spiritual life of your family, St. Dominic’s is pleased to give you a free
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Godparents

The role of the Godparent at Baptism is more than ceremonial. Each candidate as a Baptismal Godparent must ask themselves if their own integrity allows them to stand at the Altar and make a public profession that the faith we will speak in words is also the faith we practice.

The role of Godparent does not; however, demand that you be a canonized saint. All of us must place ourselves at the mercy of God. We all have miles to go in Christian progress, yet we also know members of families, who have stopped attending Mass or rarely receive the Sacraments, and suddenly find themselves seeking Baptism for their child or asked to be a Godparent. If you, or your chosen Godparent, find yourself in a similar situation, we invite you to let this moment be a real opportunity to grow in the Spirit and in your own faith.

That being said, the following is a list of requirements for at least one of the child’s participating Godparents:

  • must be at least 16 years of age
  • fully initiated into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
  • if married, marriage has a blessing of a Catholic Church
  • regularly participate in Sunday Mass and striving to live a life in harmony with the Church
  • not the father or mother of the one to be Baptized
  • will support the godchild by prayer and by Christian example in your daily life and serve as an example in encouraging the child to participate in the sacramental life of the Church
To request information about Baptism classes or dates call Debi Thurin at 707-335-4688 or email dthurin@stdombenicia.org