The sacraments of Christian initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist—lay the foundations of every Christian life. (CCC 1212) In Baptism, the individual becomes an adopted child of God and is joined into the one body of Christ, the Church. In addition to receiving the grace to participate in the divine nature, the individual is included in the community of salvation and worship in the visible Church.
Planning Your Child’s Baptism
Parents who wish to have their child baptized should arrange for the baptism of their child at least four months in advance to allow for the required preparation for this sacrament. Parents presenting a child for baptism are expected to attend a preparation class for parents and godparents. Parents are welcome to begin this process before the birth of their baby.
When selecting godparents for your child, please remember that the godparents represent the faith of the parish community into which the child is being baptized. Thus, the godparent should be a strong role model and witness to the life of a Catholic Christian committed in faith to stand with the parents of the child. Furthermore, canon law requires that a candidate for Baptism, membership in the Church community, should be sponsored by a baptized and confirmed member of the Catholic Church who is willing and able to help the child develop and grow in the Catholic Faith. There must be at least one sponsor or godparent. In the case where there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other female. The maximum number of sponsors is two. The minimum age for a baptized and confirmed Catholic to be a sponsor is sixteen (16) years of age. A baptized Christian may be a witness while a sponsor/godparent must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic. Non-baptized persons may not officially act as a sponsor or a witness to a Baptism of a child in the Catholic Faith.
About the Preparation Class
The Baptismal Preparation Team seeks to prepare parents for their child’s baptism with a workshop that includes video and discussion. The workshop will:
- welcome families to their faith community
- educate parents about the history, meaning, and symbolism of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church
- acquaint parents with the rituals of the ceremony itself
- encourage parents and godparents to be actively involved in their faith community
- involve parents in a reflection of the presence of God in their lives
Due to COVID-19-related restrictions on large group gatherings, the workshop will consist of online discussions combined with some at-home preparation. Parents will be mailed materials and given online access to videos once they have registered for baptism.
Upcoming Baptism sessions are listed below. Parents must attend one Session A followed by a Session B. Upon completion of both workshop sessions, parents will be able to schedule their child’s baptism.
A $25 fee is requested to cover program costs. No one will be denied participation in the program due to financial constraint. Payment for online registration will take you to PayPal where you may pay by credit card or via your PayPal account (a PayPal account is NOT required)
|Session A – 7:30 PM||Session B – 7:30 PM|
|November 5th||December 3rd|
|January 7th||February 4th|
|March 4th||April 8th|
|May 6th||June 3rd|
Baptisms will be scheduled for one family at a time. Baptisms can be scheduled for Saturday afternoons at 2pm or on Sunday afternoons at 1pm or 3pm. Sanitizing of the Church will be conducted before and after each baptism. Baptisms will be scheduled and confirmed upon completion of the Preparation Workshop.
Please note that to complete a request, a copy of your child’s birth certificate will be required which may be uploaded during the registration process or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: St. Augustine Parish, 35 Essex St., Andover, MA 01810. You will receive an email or phone confirmation of your request upon approval and receipt of all paperwork.
Please contact Dan and Jacqueline Fague with any questions/concerns at (978) 623-0944 or via e-mail at email@example.com. Dan and Jacqueline invite any and all interested persons to help them in this rewarding ministry. Contact them for more information.