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Baptism Ministry


Welcome!

Dear Parents,

Congratulations on the newest member of your family!
Either through birth or adoption, you have brought forth (or soon will) a new life,
created out of love for one another. 
In Baptism, we welcome your child into the community of faith in Jesus Christ.                                                                                                            
You,as parents, nurture faith in your child.
You share with your little one your faith beliefs... how to pray and to live as Jesus taught us. 

   Baptism is the beginning of a lifetime journey in faith. 
St. Mary Parish Family celebrates with you and your child at this special time.
We are a welcoming community which supports and prays for you on this most important journey.

We look forward to getting to know you and your family. 
If we can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to call the
Baptism Office at 631-581-3304 extension 120. 
 

Peace and Love, 
St. Mary's Parish Community

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The following information has been compiled to help
you with any questions you might have regarding your child's Baptism:

NAMING YOUR CHILD    

 in Isaiah 43:1, God calls us saying, "I have called you by name, you are mine." 
Take time to reflect on the name you have chosen. 
What story will you tell your child about why you gave them the name you chose. 
They will ask!  
Names of saints or people who have been special in your lives are possible choices.                         

CHOOSING GODPARENTS

 The role of Godparents is to support you as parents and to help your child to grow in the ways of Christian life. 
They should be present at the Baptism, professing their faith as representatives of your child's
extended spiritual family and of the whole church. 

Godparents should...

Be persons of faith, believers in God and God's Church

Have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation

Not be the child's parent.

 Usually there are two Catholic Godparents, a Godmother and Godfather. 

However, when only one Godparent is a Catholic, the other may a baptized Christian from another denomination. 
This person serves as a Christian witness.  Baptized Catholics who have not received the sacrament of Confirmation CANNOT serve as a Christian Witness. 

A non-Baptized person may not serve as a Godparent or witness.  


SYMBOLS OF LOVE

in the celebration of Baptism, your child will experience certain symbols
which remind us of God's love and presence among us.  
They include...

The Sign of the Cross - a blessing for your child and yourselves, it reminds us of God's love.

Water- poured over your child's head, signifying his or her new life in Jesus.

Oil of Chrism- (blessed olive oil with perfume added) rubbed on your child's head to confirm the power of God's spirit within, calling all who are Baptized to live a life faithful to Jesus' call.  

The White Garment- worn by your child to signify that Baptism makes him or her a new creation, clothed in Christ.

The Candle - reminds us that the LIGHT OF CHRIST has entered your child's life, the flame has enkindled in his or her heart, and it is up to the parents and the Godparents to keep the light of faith burning in the child's life.  


CELEBRATING BAPTISM

Please call in advance to schedule your child's baptism.  
We ask for at least 3 months before your desired date.
 

  

SCHEDULE BEGINNING IN OCTOBER 2017:

Baptisms are celebrated:

- On the First and Fourth Sundays of the month 
Baptism are celebrated at the 1:30 Ceremony in the Church  

- On the Second Sunday of the month 
Baptisms is celebrated at the Noon Parish Mass in the Auditorium 

There are no baptisms celebrated on the
 Third or Fifth Sundays of the month

In order to help you prepare for your child's Baptism,
you are required to attend 2 meetings.
 

The first is a 20 minute appointment with
either the Baptism Director or a Baptism Conversation Minister.
This meeting will discuss what to expect on the day of your baptism
and answer any questions you may have. 
This meeting is by appointment only and generally done during the day. 

The second is a Parent Meeting to discuss what will happen after the Baptism. 
This meeting is held once a month on a specific date.
You will receive the next available date when you call to schedule your baptism. 

MAY GOD'S LOVING PRESENCE BLESS YOUR FAMILY WITH PEACE AND JOY!!


Jessica Otto
  Director
    For Baptism


To call: 631-581-3304 extension 120
Email: jotto@parishofstmary.org

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