Sacrament of Baptism ~
Congratulations to the Parents!
It is such a privilege to be with
the Lord, a co-creator in bringing new life into the world. More
wonderful still, through baptism, your infant will become a child of God
and will begin a new life also in the Catholic community. To prepare
for this joyous moment in your child’s life, it is important that you
examine your own faith life.
Just as a baby is born with your
features and will pick up your mannerisms, so too will your child grow up
with your faith. That is why when you approach the priest or deacon
regarding your infant’s baptism, he will encourage you to live your faith
to the fullest. As a parent, you will be the primary educator of
your child’s faith. Baptism is only the first stage of your child’s
initiation into the believing community. With your guidance and
demonstration of faith, along with help from the parish religious
formation program, your child will continue their journey and initiation
into the Catholic community in coming years.
Policy for Baptism
It is the policy of St. Therese of
Lisieux that all first time parents, those families new to the parish, and
those families who have not had a child baptized in the last three years,
must attend a Baptism workshop prior to having a child baptized.
Baptism workshops are held on the second Thursday of every other month.
Please call the parish office and register for the workshop.
If you do not need to attend the Baptism workshop,
parishioners of St. Therese of Lisieux who regularly practice their faith
can have their baby baptized at the next available date for Sunday
Baptisms. New parishioners, or those who have become lax in
their faith, will be asked to become active at St. Therese of
Lisieux for a period of at least three months. For
most, the regular use of parish envelopes, for instance, (but not the
amount contained within them) is an easy way in indicating Mass
attendance. Also, participating in parish ministries, commissions and
groups are an indication of your activity in the parish.
For new parishioners not wanting
to wait three months, there is also the possibility of bringing a letter
from your former parish attesting to their regular faith practice.
Scheduling a date for
you have completed the requirements for Baptism, you may then call the
parish office and schedule a date. Normally, Baptisms are held the
first three Sundays of each month at 1pm. The dates and times for
each month are available a month or two in advance. The number of
children baptized at one time is limited, so you must call the office and
reserve a particular date. At that time, the office staff will
request some information of you that is needed for your child’s baptismal