Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation.
In the Catholic tradition, infants (and young children) receive the sacrament of baptism to celebrate their entrance into the faith community. Parents vow to take on the responsibility of raising their children in the Catholic Faith. Parents and godparents gather with family and the Catholic Community to formalize their acceptance of this long-term commitment.
Who do you chose as a godparent?
- Catholic relatives or friends who will serve as a Christian role model for your child.
- Someone who gives witness to God in their everyday lives.
- Someone who is willing to maintain a long-term relationship with your child.
- Someone who you would entrust with the raising of your child in faith.
What are the requirements of Canon Law?
- One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each sex.
- The sponsor must be a Catholic who has received all three sacraments of Christian Initiation, at least 16 years of age, and must moreover live "a life of faith which benefits the role to be undertaken".
The right to receive each sacrament is balanced by the responsibility of being properly prepared to receive it.
Baptisms are celebrated on various Sundays of the month after the 10am Mass.
Parents are asked to attend one preparatory session either before or after the child's birth. Please contact the parish office at 570-383-3244 to speak with our receptionist who will be happy to assist you.