Baptism of Children

Baptism of Children at OLC Church

The celebration of an infant’s baptism is a joyous occasion for that child’s family and for the family of the Church. Baptism celebrates the fact that God loves us so much that God calls us to have a special, personal relationship with Him. A relationship so close that God claims us as His own and gives us the privilege of calling Him “Our Father”!

Just as the birth of a child leads parents to reflect on the gift of human life, so the baptism of a child leads parents, and the whole parish, to reflect on this sacrament and what it means to be a part of God’s Church.

The Baptism Program at OLC is designed to help parents in that reflection. Its primary purpose is not to prepare parents to celebrate the day when the waters of baptism will be poured over their child, but rather to help parents reflect on the meaning of their own baptism and the Catholic faith they wish to share with their child. Baptism at OLC has several components spread over a period of months.

Gathering to Rejoice

The first component of Baptism at OLC involves a gathering during pregnancy. This gathering, which takes places during the third, fourth, or fifth month of pregnancy, brings together all parents at OLC who are expecting the birth of a child. It is time for parents to meet others who are expecting an addition to their family. This social gathering is time for rejoicing, a time to celebrate the new life they are carrying, and the new life whose birth they are awaiting. This gathering also includes some practical information, a special blessing for expectant parents, and light refreshments.

To register for Gathering to Rejoice, download our Baptism Form PDF below.  Once you have completed the form, you will need to save it as “OLC Baptism – (Insert Child’s Full Name)” and email it to us at baptism@olcjc.org. You should receive a confirmation from the rectory office within 1-2 weeks, otherwise contact us at 201-434-0798. No information will ever be shared with third-parties. You may also be a “walk-in,” but you will need to register on that day with us in order to participate.

OLC Baptism Form

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Gathering to Rejoice takes place on the dates indicated below in the church hall at 11:00 AM:

Sundays:          May 7, 2017

July 2, 2017     September 10, 2017     November 5, 2017


Gathering to Understand

The second component of Baptism at OLC gives parents an opportunity to more fully understand the meaning of the sacrament of baptism in their own life. Baptism is not something we receive, but rather a way of living, a vision of life, a relationship with God, and relationship with God’s Church. Godparents, if they are able, are encouraged to attend Gathering to Understand.

To register for Gathering to Understand, download our Baptism Form PDF below. Once you have completed the form, you will need to save it as “OLC Baptism – (Insert Child’s Full Name)” and email it to baptism@olcjc.org. You should receive a confirmation from the rectory office within 1-2 weeks, otherwise contact us at 201-434-0798. No information will ever be shared with third-parties. You may also be a “walk-in,” but you will need to register on that day with us in order to participate.

OLC Baptism Form

Download and save form to edit as changes will not be saved if edited online

Gathering to Understand takes place in the church hall on the dates indicated below at 11:00 AM:

Sundays:     June 4, 2017

August 6, 2017    October 1, 2017     December 3, 2017


If you have completed Gathering to Understand you may contact Fr. Tom to schedule your child’s baptism. Only Fr. Tom can confirm in writing the date of your child’s baptism based on availability. Requests will be handled in the order they are received and it is recommended that you provide your first choice and alternative choices to help the process. Thank you.


Gathering to Prepare

The third component of Baptism at OLC takes place on the Saturday before the actual baptism is celebrated. This session takes place in the church. It alerts parents to what will take place during the celebration of baptism during Sunday Mass at OLC. This component helps parents celebrate the liturgy with greater understanding and attention. Parents are encouraged to bring their infants to Gathering to Prepare for the session concludes with a special prayer and a pre-baptismal anointing of each child.

Gathering to Prepare takes place in the church on the dates indicated below at 10:30 AM:

2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017 — 10:30 AM    Saturday, May, 27, 2017  — 10:30 AM

Saturday, June 24, 2017 — 1:00 PM   Saturday, July, 22, 2017  — 10:30 AM

Saturday, August 26, 2017 — 10:30 AM    Saturday, September 23, 2017  — 10:30 AM

Saturday, October 21, 2017 — 10:30 AM     Saturday, November 25, 2017  — 10:30 AM

Saturday, December 16, 2017 — 10:30 AM


Gathering to Celebrate
The fourth component of Baptism at OLC is the actual ceremony. Baptisms always takes place during Sunday Mass, generally at the 10 am or 12:30 pm Mass. Baptisms take place within Sunday Mass because through the sacrament of baptism a child is incorporated into the Church, the community that gathers on Sunday. Christians are a Sunday people! Christ was raised to new life on Easter Sunday. The Risen Lord appeared to his disciples most often on a Sunday. The Holy Spirit descended upon the Church on Pentecost Sunday. Sunday is our day. Sunday is the day when people are born to new life as Christians.

Gathering to Celebrate (Baptisms) takes place during Sunday Mass on the dates indicated below:

Sunday, August 28, 2016 —10:00 am     Sunday, September 25, 2016 — 12:30 pm

Sunday, October 23, 2016 — 10:00 am     Sunday, November 27, 2016 — 12:30 pm

Sunday, December 18, 2016 — 10:00 am

2017

Remember that Our Lady of Czestochowa parish does not celebrate baptisms during Lent.  Please, plan accordingly  so you can celebrate the baptism of you child after Easter.   


Sunday, April 23, 2017 — 10:00 AM     Sunday, May, 28, 2017  — 12:30 PM

Sunday, June 25, 2017 — 10:00 AM     Sunday, July, 23, 2017  — 12:30 PM

Sunday, August 27, 2017 — 10:00 AM     Sunday, September 24, 2017  — 12:30 PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 — 10:00 AM     Sunday, November 26, 2017  — 12:30 PM

Sunday, December 17, 2017 — 10:00 AM


Gathering to Remember
The fifth component of Baptism at OLC takes place over a period of months and years. In fact, it never ends until we meet the Lord face to face. We gather each Sunday at Mass to grow in our Christian faith and to remember who we are as followers of Christ and whose children we have become through baptism. We also gather at particular times to assist parents in their responsibility to be “examples of faith to inspire their child.” One such Gathering to Remember involves a Sunday Mass celebrated by one of the Assistant Bishops of Newark followed by an informal reception. This Mass and reception reminds parents that their children, and all the baptized, are part of a Church community far larger that any one parish. God’s Church embraces the world.

For more information please email: baptism@olcjc.org

This process and program was created by Sr. Sandra DeMasi, SSJ ©2009 Sandra De Masi