Parents meet with our parish priest, Father Steve, to arrange for the baptism of infants. A parish member who wishes to be a godparent also meets Father Steve in person.
For parents who are presenting a child for baptism for the first time, a preparation program is needed. Godparents are also encouraged to attend the program.
Contact Father Steve at 412-720-3554 cell, email@example.com or 412-672-0765 office.
The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated on Sunday afternoons here at Corpus Christi because Sunday is the "Day of the Lord" as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of Baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.
At baptism, the priest prays over the water:
Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)
Freed from Sin
Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”
The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).
- Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
- The Oil of Holy Chrism – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ who is “priest, prophet and king.” The child's head is anointed with Holy Chrism as a reminder that we are one with Christ as a member of His holy people, priestly people, kingly people.
- Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
- White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. St. Paul writes that we "put on Christ" - we put on a new identity which is imaged as putting on a beautiful white robe.
A Catholic godparent is a person who is interested and able to fulfill the role of a guide, companion and mentor. A godparent is to be a person of good moral character who practices the Catholic faith. As a young person moves on in life, there is a need for spiritual encouragement and support. A godparent should be ready to do what they can to help the parents in their role so that the child will grow in faith.
Universal Church law gives these requirements.
1. The person has received the Sacrament of Baptism.
2. The person has received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
3. The person has received Holy Eucharist and participates at Sunday Mass on a regular basis.
4. The person is 16 years of age or older.
5. If the person is married, the marriage is recognized by the Catholic Church as valid.
6. The person belongs to a parish. This means that a person is registered at a parish.
7. The person supports their parish by use of the Sunday envelopes/contribution system
8. One Catholic godparent is required. If there are two godparents, there is to be a godfather and a godmother.
9. Someone may stand in for the godparent on the day of Baptism.
The proxy must have a sponsor certificate as described above.
The proxy may not be one of the parents.
10. If a person is baptized Catholic, but does not fulfill these guidelines, they are not able to stand as a Godparent or a Christian Witness.
If the person to be a godparent is a member of Corpus Christi Parish, they meet Father Steve in person. Contact Father Steve Palsa at 412-720-3554 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A convenient time could be after Mass.
If the person is a member of another parish, they should contact their own parish for a sponsor certificate. The godparent is to turn in a sponsor certificate two weeks before the Baptism Corpus Christi parish office.