“You have become a new creation, and have clothed yourself in Christ. See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. With your family and friends to help you by word and example, bring that dignity unstained into the everlasting life of heaven.” - Rite of Baptism, #99
Baptism is the first important step that a parent can take to begin the lifelong process of faith formation for their child. When a child is baptized they receive the light of Christ’s love and are welcomed into the faith community. At the same time, the parents are making a commitment to raise their child in faith.
Parents who wish to have a child baptized at St. Anthony are asked to participate in a Baptism Preparation class. These sessions are held every other month, usually on a Tuesday evening and begin with supper.
Baptism I is for first time parents and parents who have not had a child baptized at St. Anthony to prepare for the ritual. The focus is on understanding the theology of Baptism, the meaning behind the symbols and ritual, as well as an introduction to the role of parents in their child’s faith formation.
Baptism II is for parents who have had a child baptized previously at St. Anthony.
Parents are encouraged to attend the preparation session before their child is born.
If you are unable to attend a session prior to the birth of your child infants are welcome to stay with parents. On-site childcare is provided after the meal with pre-registration for other children in the family.
Baptisms are usually celebrated twice a month at 12:30 or during the 5:00, 9:00, or 10:45 Mass. To register, please contact Kathy Paro in the Faith Formation office at [email protected] or 262-691-9170 ext. 1137.