Paul Kenneth Grecol
Please print and fill out the Baptism Registration Form below, and return it to the parish office. Baptisms are normally held at 1:30PM on the first Sunday of the month.
Baptism Registration Form
Parents are reminded that parish & diocesan policy require parents to complete a Baptism Preparation Class before the baptism of their child, if they have not done so in the past five years.
Baptism Preparation Class is held in the Community Room on Sunday afternoon from 1:30-3:00PM. Reservations are not required but highly encouraged.
2017 UPCOMING CLASSES:
Feb. 26 ♦ May 21 ♦ Aug. 20 ♦ Nov. 19
call us at (440) 235-2222
Need a class, but can't make these dates? Call the Parish Office for other local parish baptism classes.
Baptisms are held on the first Sunday of every month at 1:30 pm. Attendance of parents at a Pre-Baptism Program is required. Godparents are to turn their Sponsor Certificates in to the Parish Office two weeks prior to the Baptism.
What is a Godparent?
Becoming a Godparent is a beautiful gift to be cherished by the chosen person. Many people see Godparents as a symbolic role, without any responsibilities other than being a good person. While a Godparent should most definitely be a good person, there is much more involved than simply being present at the ceremony and "being a good person."
A Godparent is a practicing Catholic striving to live out his/her baptismal promises in union with the Catholic Church. In the case of newly baptized infants or children, the role and responsibility of the Godparent is to help the parents/guardians in their child's faith formation. The Godparent, together with the parents, "helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it" (Code of Canon Law No. 872). In the case of a newly baptized adult, the responsibilities are the same, except the Godparent is not necessarily working together with the parents.
The entire role of a Godparent cannot be explained in a just few sentences. It is always preferred that you discuss choosing a Godparent with a priest or deacon. But please know that being a Godparent places central responsibility on the potential individual and carries with it a deep, meaningful significance.
How do I become a Godparent or Sponsor?
The Church requires that a Catholic Godparent must:
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1213