Baptism

Baptism

Baptism is the basis of our entire Christian life. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. We become members of Christ and His Church and are made sharers in its mission of salvation. The Sacrament of Baptism is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian because it brings us into new life in Christ.

"Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven"
Matthew 19:14

Baptism Class for Parents and Godparents

New parents are required to attend one Baptism Preparation Class prior to the baptism of their child. Baptism classes are generally held on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 pm and pre-registration is required (sessions are waived for parents who have attended a session in the 3 years prior to the scheduled Baptism). Your child is always welcome to attend the class with you. All godparents are welcome to attend this class. Please contact Leslie Stironek for the schedule of baptism preparation classes and to register for the baptism class: lstironek@stmcary.org or 919-468-6103.

Baptism Scheduling

Baptisms at St. Michael are celebrated in small groups outside of Mass. Baptisms are typically celebrated twice each month on a Friday evening (6:00 pm) or Saturday morning (10:00 am).

Private baptisms are not commonly performed and are handled only on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact Leslie at St. Michael for upcoming baptism dates to schedule your child’s baptism: lstironek@stmcary.org or 919-468-6103.

Baptism Preparation

You are asked to complete a Baptism data form -- the information on this form is used to record your child’s baptism. This form should be returned at least one month prior to your child’s baptism at the Baptism class or the Parish office, emailed or faxed (919-468-6130).

Your family will be required to be registered members of the St. Michael parish community before your child’s baptism. You can contact the Parish office for registration information at 919-468-6100.

Godparent Requirements

Most families choose two godparents although having just one is acceptable.

Godparent(s) must be:

  • Of different gender

  • 16 years of age or older and have received the Sacrament of Confirmation

  • Practicing Catholics in good standing

  • One godparent must be Catholic; a second godparent, called a "Christian witness," can be a baptized Christian adult of another denomination

  • Godparents are required to attend a baptism preparation class and provide a Sponsor Letter from the pastor of their current parish.