BaptismThe Catechism of the Catholic church tells us: Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons 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 and in the word.”
The Sacrament of Baptism if normally celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month, immediately following the 11 AM Mass.
Arrangements for beginning the process of scheduling the Baptism should be done prior to making any travel committments, as the number of Baptisms on Sundays are limited.
You must be a registered member of the Parish in order to have your baby baptised here. Exceptions to this policy must have Father Rousseau's prior approval. Once approved, you will then need a letter from the pastor of the parish where you are registered giving permission for the baptism to take place here at St. Augustine prior to the scheduling of the ceremony.
The Baptismal preparation program consists of a meeting with Deacon John Hart, the parents of the child to be Baptised and the God Parents, if they live locally. Once you have contacted the parish, Deacon Hart will contact you to schedule this meeting.
At least one (preferably both) God Parents must be an active, practicing Catholic, and must obtain a sponsor certificate from the parish that they attend on a regular basis stating this. Please check with the persons being considered for this important position ... no exceptions can be made to this requirement!