Sacrament of Baptism
Our Lord voluntarily submitted himself to the baptism of St. John, intended for sinners, in order to “fulfill all righteousness.” Jesus’ gesture is a manifestation of his self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude of the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as his “beloved Son.” (1)
The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. (2)
For all the baptized, children or adults, faith must grow after Baptism. For this reason the Church celebrates each year at the Easter Vigil the renewal of baptismal promises. Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life. Baptism is the source of that new life in Christ from which the entire Christian life springs forth. (3)
(1) Catechism of the Catholic Church [hereafter CCC], 2nd ed. (Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls, 2000), n. 1224.
(2) CCC, n. 1257. (3) CCC, n. 1254.
Baptism at St. Lambert
Scheduled baptisms are held after the Saturday 4:30pm Mass or Sunday 11:00am Mass.
Preparation for Baptism is by appointment with Deacon Roger Heidt.
Please contact the Parish Office with your name, phone number or email and we will have Deacon Roger call you to schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there a baptismal preparation class, can’t we just show up and have our child baptized?
Baptism is a major event and thus careful preparation is needed. Baptism places serious responsibilities and demands upon parents and godparents. You have a right to know about these responsibilities and the baptismal preparation program will provide you with the answers.
When and where is the baptismal program?
The baptismal preparation program is scheduled by contacting Deacon Roger Heidt. The program is a one-one meeting and includes discussion on baptism, completing the necessary paperwork and scheduling the baptism. It is best to schedule at least one month before you would like the baptism to occur. Deacon Roger’s contact information is available on the website or you can contact the parish office.
What can we expect to learn from the baptismal preparation program?
Parents and godparents will be given practical guidance in introducing their small children into our Catholic Faith as well as discussing the lifelong commitments of Christian parenting. You will also learn about the elements of baptism, as well as the ritual, signs, and symbols of the sacrament.
Do both parents have to attend the program?
No, only one parent MUST attend, but it is highly encouraged that both attend the class.
Do the godparents have to attend the program?
No, but they are invited and encouraged to participate throughout the entire process.
What are the requirements to be a godparent?
It is only necessary that one godparent be chosen for your child. If however, you choose to have two godparents, one must be male and one must be female. Additionally, the godparent must:
– Be a baptized Catholic
– Be a registered member of a Catholic parish
– Be a least 16 years of age
– Have already received First Eucharist
– Have received the Sacrament of Confirmation
What do we need to do after we participate in the preparation class?
Make sure the appropriate forms are returned to the parish office 2 weeks prior to the scheduled baptism.
When is the sacrament of baptism celebrated at St. Lambert’s?
Baptisms are usually celebrated after the 4:30 p.m, Saturday Mass and the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass.