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"
Baptism Program for Parents and Godparents
St. Michael offers a two-part Baptism Preparation Program for baptism families. Part 1 of the program is generally held on the 1st Monday of each month and Part 2 on the 3rd Monday of the month. The classes begin at 7:00 pm and pre-registration is required, the location of the classes will be provided to you upon registration. Your child(ren) are always welcome to attend the classes with you. If you have attended a baptism class in the past, you will only need to attend the second class (Part 2). All godparents are welcome to attend Part 1. Please contact Leslie Stironek for the schedule of baptism preparation classes and to register for the baptism class: [email protected] or 919-468-6103.
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: [email protected] or 919-468-6103.
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.
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.