"Then Jesus approached and said to the disciples,
'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.'"
--- Matthew 28:18-20
Baptism is one of the greatest gifts that God has given us, and one of the greatest gifts that parents can give to their children. Through Baptism, a person is united to the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; or, to put it another way, what Jesus did for us by dying and rising from the dead is applied individually to the baptized person.
When someone is baptized, the risen life of the Lord Jesus begins to live in that person’s soul. This person begins the adventure of the Christian life, in which he or she is called to become like Jesus Himself. It is our union with the Lord Jesus, which begins with Baptism, that gives us the hope of heaven.
Baptism, then, is so much more than just a "naming ceremony" or a blessing for a new child. It should be the highest priority of every Christian parent to see that their child is baptized very early in his/her earthly life. Because of the importance of Baptism, this sacrament is approached with great reverence and care at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish.
To begin the baptismal preparation process please contact Marc Laudonio, Director of Faith Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-798-2975, or register below for one of our baptism prep classes!
* If you haven't already, please register as a parishioner: PARISH REGISTRATION FORM
All baptismal prep classes take place on Saturdays at 9:00 am.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
When should I contact the Church?
We encourage expecting parents to sign-up for the baptismal prep class while pregnant or during the adoption process. This ensures that you can baptize your child shortly after his/her birth.
The Church strongly encourages parents to baptize their children in the first few weeks of life (canon law 867).
For parents with small children, but ones who are no longer infants, we are excited that you want to come back to the Church and have your child welcomed into God’s family!
What does the baptismal prep class for parents involve?
The class is scheduled on a Saturday morning every couple of months and takes place at 9 am at St. Francis Xavier Parish. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents in our parish community and to learn more about your faith.
If you are married, both parents need to come to the baptismal prep class. It is often the case that one parent may not be Catholic; we still want them to be present at the class.
When are baptisms for infants or children under seven scheduled?
Usually baptisms take place immediately following the 10:30 am Mass (11:30 am). If you are interested in another time, please contact the Marc Laudonio, Director of Faith Formation.
What’s a godparent and who can be one?
A godparent promises the Church to help raise the child in the faith by personally living a life devoted to Christ and the Church and by ensuring that the child fully participates in the sacramental life of the Church. A godparent is meant to be a life-long mentor in the faith.
A godparent must meet the following qualifications according to canon law:
Parents are permitted to choose two godparents, but only one is necessary. If two godparents are chosen, one must be female and one male. A baptized member of another Christian community may be a “Christian witness” of the baptism, alongside a Catholic godparent.
Please let the Church staff know if you need help finding a suitable godparent.