Sacrament of Baptism

 

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Baptism
A joyful celebration! We welcome and congratulate our parents who bring their children to the waters of baptism.  You have accepted the responsibility of training your children in the Catholic faith.  You are the first teachers of your children in the ways of our faith as you participate each Sunday in the Eucharist and receive the Sacraments.  We encourage you to participate in the Sunday liturgy as a family.  If you have been away from the Church, this is a good time to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation and return to the practice of your faith.  If you have not been married in Church, this would be a time to begin that process.

Parents are asked to arrange for the baptism of a newborn child at least one month prior to the desired date and have all necessary documents in place. Please phone the rectory office at 440-248-1350.  Baptisms are celebrated each Sunday at 1:30 PM, or parents may choose baptism at Mass on the 2nd Sunday of the month at the 12:15 Mass except during Advent, Lent or Eastertide.

It is important to know that the Church requires that after a child reaches 7 years old the child will need to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.  He or She will then receive Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the same time.

If you have a question about having your child baptized, please contact the Parish Office at 440-248-1350, ext.. 100.

Baptism Preparation
Parents are required to take part in a 2-1/2 hour evening session to prepare for their child's baptism.  Sessions are held four times each year in February, May, September and November.

Sponsors
A child who is to be baptized is to be given a sponsor (godparent) who, together with the parents, is to present the child at the Baptism and who will help the baptized lead a Christian life.  Only one male or one female sponsor, or one of each sex, is required by Canon Law.

A sponsor must have completed their 16th year, must be a baptized Catholic who has been confirmed, has received the Eucharist and who leads a life in harmony with the Faith and the role to be undertaken, If married, the sponsor must be married in the Catholic Church.  A sponsor may not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized.

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Church may not be admitted as a sponsor but may serve as a Christian witness to Baptism and then only with a Catholic sponsor.  All sponsors, including St. Rita parishioners, are to obtain a letter of recommendation to be turned in to the Rectory Office.  All necessary documents must be in before the baptism can be scheduled.


Baptism Preparation
A two and one half hour evening session to prepare parents for their child's baptism. Sessions are held four times each year in February, May, September and November.

Adults and married couples with children are needed to be members of the Baptism Preparation Team. Team members assist at the preparation sessions as greeters, table moderators and presenters of talks on subjects such as Christian parenting or your personal faith walk.


Sponsors
A child who is to be baptized is to be given a sponsor (godparent) who, together with the parents, is to present the child at the Baptism and who will help the baptized lead a Christian life. Only one male or one female sponsor, or one of each sex, is to be employed.

A sponsor must have completed the 16th year, must be a baptized Catholic who has been confirmed, has received the Eucharist and who leads a life in harmony with the Faith and the role to be undertaken. If married, the sponsor must be married in the Church. A sponsor may not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized.

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Church may not be admitted as a sponsor but may serve as a Christian witness to Baptism and then only with a Catholic sponsor. All sponsors, including St. Rita parishioners, are to obtain a letter of recommendation from their current Parish and present that letter to the Rectory as soon as the Baptism is requested in order to secure the date.

 

Parents of First Grade Students,

Please make sure your child is enrolled and attends the St. Rita PSR / Faith Formation program or St/ Rita Day School program as they prepare for First Communion in second grade.  Participation in First Grade Religious Education is part of preparing for First Communion in second grade.

If you child was not baptized in the Catholic Church and you wish your child to become Catholic and receive First Communion in Second Grade, please contact us as soon as possible so we can discuss the process of making a Profession of Faith and being Fully Received into the Catholic Church.

For questions concerning sacramental preparation, please call Deacon Bob Grgic at 440-248-1350-ext 121 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .