The sacrament of Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in its mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.”
The Greek word baptizein means to plunge or to immerse, and whether we are literally immersed in water or the water is poured upon us, the water symbolizes the burial with Christ of the catechumen. “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 5:3-4).
Baptism is a time of great joy and celebration for parents, family members and the parish family of St. Anthony of Padua. It is the first sacrament of initiation, the beginning of a lifelong journey in knowing, loving and serving Jesus. Our journey always begins with an invitation, a call from God through the Christian community to live the gospel as committed disciples of Christ. We accept the invitation, that call and response are ritualized and made visual and “real” for us in celebration of Baptism. It is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God who first loved us from the moment of conception. Baptism is the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit and our acceptance of that transforming love.
A godparent serves a special role for one to be baptized and should be chosen carefully and with concern for the spiritual life of the one being baptized. They are significant supporters and the ones who can first begin to reveal to their godchild the value of the Christian community. Only one godparent is necessary, although both a godfather and godmother are preferred. According to Church law it is not permitted to have either two males or two females as godparents. Church law insists that the godparent be at least 16 years old, fully initiated in the Catholic Church (having received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation). They must be a member in good standing of the Catholic Church, lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken, and be someone other than the legal parents. Sponsors certificates are required from the Church of the godparents (if they are not members of St. Anthony of Padua Church) before they can accept the privilege of being a godparent. The certificate must be mailed or brought to the rectory before the date of Baptism.
Baptism at St. Anthony’s
• Baptism Catechesis will take place in the Chapel from 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM
• Group Baptisms will take place on the Second Sunday of each month in the main church at 1:30 PM.
• All parents, if they attend Mass regularly, will be encouraged to schedule Baptisms at one of our weekend scheduled Masses.
• The first session is for parents and godparents. We ask that you try to get a babysitter.
• Both godparents must be baptized Christians, and at least one godparent is to be Catholic.
• Any Catholic godparent must be confirmed.
Baptism Catechesis Baptism Rite
September 9, 2018, October 14, 2018 September 16, 2018 October 21,2018 November 18, 2018
November 4, December 2, 2018at 1:30 PM December 9, 2018 at 1:30 PM
If you are interested in baptizing your baby kindly call the rectory for Deacon Joe Belmonte @ 781-289-1234. You can also leave a voice mail at Ext. 20.