Baptism

Congratulations on the newest member of your family.  Baptisms are held each month on the fourth Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM. However, if this time does not work for you as a practicing member of our community you may call the office to make arrangements for your child to be baptized at a Mass. As a matter of church practice, the sacrament of baptism should be celebrated on Sunday since it is the day of the resurrection and new life.  

We ask that each family attend Baptismal Preparation on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM.  This gives you an opportunity to meet other members of the parish who also have a new child and deepen your understanding of your faith.

To register your child for baptism please contact Mary Peterson mary@fatimasudbury.org or call 978-443-2798 ext 116.  If you are new to the parish on your parish registration you may also note to have someone contact you to make arrangements to have your child baptized.

According to church law, godparents are to be baptized and confirmed Catholics.  Another Christian may stand as a Christian witness with the godparetn and is listed as such in the baptismal record.  If a godparent in not able to attend the baptism, someon else may stand in as proxy for them.  Our Lady of Fatima does not require documentation for anyone to be a godparent as we trust that the person you have chosen to assist you in raising your child in the Catholic Faith is in good standing with the Church.

 

Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. It is the sacrament that frees a person from original sin and makes that person a member of Christ and His Church, thus being the way to a new and spiritual life. It is administered by immersing the recipient in water or by pouring water on the person’s head “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. One must be baptized before sharing in any of the other sacraments. Baptism is the foundation for all ministry and life in the church, and confers a commitment to follow Christ and spread his message throughout the world. Furthermore, in baptism, one is incorporated into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and thus participates in the gift of resurrection and eternal life with Christ.

Infants can be baptized soon after birth. At the time of baptism, parents vow to practice their faith and provide a Catholic upbringing for the child. Adults who have never been baptized take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil. The Catholic Church recognizes baptisms from other Christian denominations that baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, a person can only be baptized once.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church on Baptism:

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Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.

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"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Mt 28:19-20).

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Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself, which we enter by Baptism.

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  The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
 

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The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ.

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Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated (cf. DS 1609 and DS 1624).

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Those who die for the faith, those who are catechumens, and all those who, without knowing of the Church but acting under the inspiration of grace, seek God sincerely and strive to fulfill his will, can be saved even if they have not been baptized (cf. LG 16).

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Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom.

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With respect to children who have died without Baptism, the liturgy of the Church invites us to trust in God's mercy and to pray for their salvation.

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  In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pours water on the candidate's head while saying: "I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

 

 

Baptism

Common questions about getting your child baptized at Our Lady of Fatima.

Do I need to attend Classes to have my child Baptized?

We encourage everyone to attend our Baptismal Prep on the first Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM Learn more about getting your Child Baptized.

Do the people I asked for Godparents need documentation?

No, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish we do not request documentation from the godparents. We trust you have asked a person who will support you in raising your child in the Catholic Faith.

Can my child be baptized on Saturday?

As a matter of church practice, the sacrament of Baptism should be celebrated on a Sunday since it is the day of the resurrection and new life. It is possible for your child to be baptized at the 5:00 PM Mass

 


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