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Congratulations! God has chosen YOU to be parents of His new Creation!
You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of raising your child in the practice of the Faith. It will be your duty to raise your child to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. It is esential that every parent clearly understands what you are undertaking.
In baptism, the Church the celebrates your child’s new life in Christ, "...marked as Christ's own forever." By the celebration of this sacrament, your child becomes not only a child of God, but begins an initiation into the Church, the Body of Christ, a community of Faith. The words used indicate that your child’s baptism is as much about your own adult faith as it is about the child’s new life in Christ.
Because of the very serious nature of baptism, and the vows which the parent(s) will be making for their child, the parent(s) are expected to be active members of the parish, attending Mass on a regular basis and contributing in, time, talent, and treasure to the mission of the Church.
As soon as possible after the birth, or even before it, parents should request the sacrament for their child and arrange to be properly instructed in preparation for it. In order that you may be better prepared to celebrate this important moment in your child’s life and to fully celebrate your own faith, St. Uriel's asks you to attend baptismal instruction. Godparents are encouraged to attend the session when possible.
At least one parent of the child(ren) to be baptized should be registered and be participating members of St.Uriel's. They should worship with the community on a regular basis. They should also exercise responsible stewardship of their time, talent and treasure in witness to Jesus Christ and service to our community.
The parent(s) are expected to attend baptismal instruction. These sessions will be concerned with the Rite of Baptism and with the role of the family in the nurturing of the child in his ir her new life in Christ. Parents will be expected to meet with a priest prior to the Baptism.
Baptisms are celebrated at the Sunday Masses. (See Mass Schedule).
To schedule a baptism and baptismal preparation classes, please contact the parish office at 732-449-6173.
Link to: Sacraments of Christian Initiation
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