Parent Baptism classes are offered the second Monday every other month from 6:30 to 8:45pm in Fr. Jacobs Library. Class will be available in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. You must pre-register for the classes.
Baptism is our birth as Christians. It is the beginning of new life in Christ, a sacramental encounter with our Savior through which we are united with his suffering and death so as to share in eternal life.
In the Rite of Baptism, parents are reminded of the responsibility to train our children in the practice of the faith. Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has made every effort to impress upon parents that we are the primary educators of our children in the way of faith.
The Rite of Baptism makes this responsibility explicit, calling forth a statement of faith and a promise to do all we can to see that our children grow in love for God and each other.
Because of the seriousness of our parental role as models of the faith, St. Robert Parish offers a baptism preparation program to help parents reflect upon and prepare for the great gift that they are choosing to share with their children.
Anyone wishing to present their child for Baptism must attend a preparation session, as well as be registered and active members of the parish. Godparents are also encouraged to attend the preparation session along with the parents.
Parents and godparents attend Baptism preparation on the second Monday every other month from 6:30 to 8:45pm. Class will be available in the months of January, March, May, July, September and November. The first part of the session is held in Fr. Jacobs Library and lasts about 1½ hours; the second part is held in the church and lasts about 45 minutes.
Baptisms can be celebrated during any weekend liturgy or after 5:00pm Saturday Mass or 8:00am or 9:30am Sunday Masses. Should we attend baptism sessions before the baby is born?
Parents are encouraged to attend Baptism classes before the child is born, simplifying the process for all concerned! However, if you are unable to attend class prior to your child’s birth, you may attend at any time. Pre-registration is required; please call ahead or the class may not be offered.
Call the parish office and ask to speak to Debbie Thiede, Director of Adult Formation, or email her at email@example.com.
If you have been asked to be a Godparent, congratulations! You now represent the community of the Church in a very privileged and important role.
In saying “Yes” to this invitation, you affirm your readiness to help the parents in forming their child in the faith and to be an example to the child of what it means to live as a Catholic Christian. The introduction to the Rite of Baptism speaks about the godparent’s role:
“In the Baptism of children, the godparents should be present to be added spiritually to the immediate family of the one to be baptized and to represent Mother Church. As occasion offers, the godparent will be ready to help parents bring up their child to profess the faith and to show this by living it.”
Loving God, Creator of all good things,
Thank you for the gift of life given my godchild.
What a privilege it is for me to stand as a witness for the Church
when my godchild is washed in baptismal waters.
Lord, help me to be faithful to you all the days of my life.
As my godchild grows in age and faith,
enable me to be a good example for him or her
of how to live as a follower of Jesus.
Through my love and concern, in moments of joy and sorrow,
allow me to reveal your loving face, O God.
I pray this through Christ our Lord. AMEN.
To be chosen as a godparent is a special honor. You, along with the child’s parents, are being entrusted with the responsibility to participate in this child’s Christian life and formation.
This privilege offers you the opportunity to develop a mutually-enriching spiritual relationship; one that will last throughout this life and beyond.
There are many ways you can nurture this spiritual relationship and become a special friend to your godchild. Among them are: