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. As parents reflect upon the meaning of their child’s baptism, the parish community also reflects and joins in the celebration of baptism. Therefore, we celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism during Sunday Mass when the community gathers to celebrate the mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our community welcomes these children into the life of grace and into our parish community.
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 of baptism when the waters of baptism are 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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Gathering to Rejoice takes place on the dates indicated below in the church hall at 11:00 AM:
September 10, 2017 November 5, 2017
January 7, 2018 March 4, 2018 May 6, 2018
July 1, 2018 September 9, 2018 November 4, 2018
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 email@example.com. 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.
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Gathering to Understand takes place in the church hall on the dates indicated below at 11:00 AM:
June 4, 2017
October 1, 2017 December 3, 2017
February 4, 2018 April 22, 2018 June 27, 2018
August 5, 2018 October 7, 2018 December 2, 2018
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:
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
Saturday, January 27, 2018 Saturday, April 21, 2018 Saturday, May 26, 2018
Saturday, June 23, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 Saturday, August 25, 2018
Saturday, September 22, 2018 Saturday, October 27, 2018 Saturday, November 24, 2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018
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:
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, 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
Sunday, January 28, 2018 – 12:30 pm Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 12:30 pm
Sunday, May 27, 2018 – 10 am Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 12:30 pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018 – 10:00 am Sunday, August 26, 2018 – 12:30 pm
Sunday, September 23, 2018 – 10 am Sunday, October 28, 2018 – 12:30 pm
Sunday, November 25, 2018 – 10 am Sunday, December 23, 2018 – 12:30 pm
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This process and program was created by Sr. Sandra DeMasi, SSJ ©2009 Sandra De Masi