Baptisms generally take place on Sunday after the 10:00 am Mass. In order to ensure that the communal, ecclesial nature of the Sacrament is evident, we will (whenever possible) schedule multiple families to celebrate the Sacrament. Parents should contact the Parish Office well in advance of the proposed baptism date to schedule and be interviewed by the parish deacon.
Parents will need to be registered at St. Lawrence under their own name. If you are not registered, you can fill out a registration form, and either put it in the collection basket during church, bring it to the Parish Office, or mail it to the Parish Office. If you are registered at another parish, then a letter from the pastor or deacon of that parish will need to be sent to St. Lawrence to confirm registration and attendance at Sunday Mass.
Parents who have not participated in a Baptism Prep Class within the last three years, must sign up for an on line class. If you are from another parish, you may take the class at your own parish and have the person in charge of the class give you a letter or certificate that you have participated in the class and send that information to St. Lawrence.
Call For On-Line Course Information
Parents should show at least a minimal effort to live the Christian life including:
- a well founded belief of the parents’ intention and capacity to raise the child in the Catholic faith,
- acceptance of the doctrine of the Creed,
- regular participation in the worship of the Church, especially faithful, weekly attendance at Holy Mass,
- evidence of personal prayer life,
- a concern to show charity to others and
- a life-style influenced by belief in the Lord Jesus and a commitment to the way of life to which He invites us.
The sponsor (godparent), together with the parents, presents an infant for Baptism and helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with Baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it.
There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.
To take on the function of sponsor, a person must have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function and must have completed the sixteenth year of age.
The sponsor/godparent be a fully initiated Catholic (having received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) who leads a life of faith, is not be bound by any canonical penalty, and is not the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness to the Baptism.