“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children 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 world”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 1213)
One of the important questions asked of parents at the moment when their child is presented in church during the ceremony is “what do you ask of the Church for your child?”. Parents usually respond that they wish to have their child baptized, but another question remains unanswered, at least publicly. Why do you want your child to be baptized? While some parents have the natural inclination to respond to that question with the acknowledgment of their own baptismal journeys and their desires to raise their children in the faith, all parents who desire baptism for their children make this decision to offer their children the foundation for a meaningful life and a relationship with Christ. The responsibilities of parenting are very serious ones that parents accept with the birth of their child. Parents realize that the child they’ve been given is a miracle from God. Our faith teaches us that God is the creator who gives life and forms life in the womb (Ps. 139:13). As the Catechism teaches us, Baptism “accords with parents’ role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them” (CCC 1251). Thus, parents’ decisions to baptize their newborn is a way in which to honor and give thanks for the miracle bestowed onto their family from God. The decision to have children baptized must come only after serious reflection. Baptism involves the pledge of parents to raise and educate their children in the beliefs and practices of the Catholic faith, and thus it is vital for parents to realize the importance of that commitment. Baptism is seen as a journey, an answer to God’s call through the ways in which we live our lives. It is not a sacrament that only pertains to the child, rather it is an invitation to the entire family to draw closer and deeper to our faith.
Steps to Baptism at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish:
Our parish family rejoices in the birth of your children, and we applaud you for participating with God in bringing new Life into His World! It is a sign that we are growing in numbers, holiness, and reverence.
Requesting that your baby be Baptized here is about your family joining our parish family. Parents wishing to have their child(ren) Baptized here, must:
Participate in the life of the parish by regularly attending Mass
Support the parish financially through envelopes or e-giving for at least three months
Being married at the parish does not automatically imply registration. If you are currently not registered you may do so by visiting http://www.montclaircatholics.org/parish-registration-form/
If you are unsure of your registration status, please contact the parish office. Once we confirm that you are registered and participating in the life of the parish, the next step is for you to meet with Fr. Benny either in person or via ZOOM. He meets with parents on Saturdays. During the meeting, Fr. Benny will discuss possible dates for your child’s Baptism, as well as preparation for parents.
The requirements for godparents are here https://www.montclaircatholics.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Requirements-of-Godparents-2.pdf
Please contact the Parish office at (973) 744-5650 or Terri@MontclairCatholics.org for inquiries and if you have any other questions.