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 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 in the word.
— CCC 1213

 

Congratulations on the birth of your child!
Baptisms are beautiful celebrations at St. Mary + Our Lady of Peace in Summit County. Newly baptized Christians are cleansed from sin and welcomed into the family of God. The entire community celebrates with you on this special day. Baptisms are scheduled as needed and can be done either during or outside of Mass.

Deacon Jim Doyle

Email Deacon Jim for more information.


Baptism Preparation

 Contact Deacon Jim to schedule dates for the class and the baptism.
(you do not need to take the class if you have already completed it within the past two years)

  1.  Both parents must participate in the Baptism Prep Class which consists of the following. 
    1. Log into FORMED, or register for free if its your first time, using parish code Z8RVK4.
    2. Select Programs from the menu bar. Scroll down and select the Reborn program or click the picture below.
    3. Watch the 30 minute sessions 1, 2 and 3. 
  2. Attend follow up meeting with Deacon Jim. These are generally scheduled on Monday evenings from 5:30-6:30pm.
  3. Make sure all necessary paperwork is submitted on time. Including for Godparents.

Godparents

Many, in choosing a Godparent, want to ask a good friend or a family member whom they wish to honor.  It is indeed an honor to be asked, however the choice should be made based on different criteria other than friendship or family. For example, would you choose the world's best music teacher to be their child's ski instructor?  The same is true of a choice for Godparent.  They should be someone who is passionate about their Catholic faith and faithfully practices it. Godparents must get a letter  from their home parish saying they are qualified to be godparents.  This should be sent to St. Mary + Our Lady of Peace at least one week prior to the baptism. 

The Catholic Church has clear guidelines about the requirements of Godparents which includes the following.

  • Need to be an actively practicing Catholic
  • Are at least 16 years of age and have received the sacraments ofbaptism, confirmation and first communion.