Baptisms

Baptisms are held the first Sunday of the month.  Contact the parish office early in your pregnancy to begin arrangements.  Parents must be registered and practicing parishioners.  A mandatory Baptism preparation class is held on the last Thursday of the month.  Godparents need certificates of eligibility from their own parish.  If you want to schedule a Baptism or you have any questions please call the office Monday - Friday, 8 am to 4 pm at 610-266-0695.

 

SPONSORS AT BAPTISM

Church law requires that at least one Baptismal Godparent or sponsor be a practicing Roman Catholic, i.e., one who attends Mass and receives the Sacraments regularly.

Please contact the parish office for the requirements before asking someone to be a Godparent or sponsor to avoid any awkwardness when it comes to eligibility.

The reason a sponsor must be a practicing Roman Catholic is that a sponsor is expected to pay special attention to the efforts of the person who is being baptized to live a Christian life in keeping with the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith.  Godparents or sponsors are also expected to assist the parents of the child in their Christian duty as parents, by offering them support through good example, encouragement and prayer.

Some advice that we hope will avoid difficulties:

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Choose baptismal sponsors whom you know to be practicing their faith.

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If you decide to choose one sponsor who is not a practicing Catholic, inform the person very early in the pregnancy.  If that person is willing, at least six months before the baptism, to begin attending Mass and the Sacraments regularly, and, at the same time, to discuss the matter with the priest who must make the decision to write the certificate of eligibility, there is at least a possibility the person may be able to serve as a sponsor.

SPONSOR CERTIFICATE – YES OR NO???

The Priests have been deluged over the last few months to verify the good Catholic practices of parishioners who want to be sponsors for those receiving Baptism and/or Confirmation.

Sometimes this is easy, for most of our active parishioners, but sometimes this request turns out to be an unpleasant experience when one requests verification and a Priest, in good conscience, cannot give it. Why?

Let us clear up all of the vagueness that exists, and if you can answer yes to the following questions, you should have no trouble obtaining a certificate.

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Am I a registered and active parishioner of St. Elizabeth’s Parish for at least 2 months?

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Am I at least 16 years of age?

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Have I received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church?

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If married, was I married and received the Sacrament of Marriage?

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Do I attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation?

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Do I receive the sacraments of the Church regularly?

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Do I understand and accept the responsibility, which I undertake as a sponsor, and do I promise to pay special attention to the person I am sponsoring in his/her efforts to live a Christian life that reflects the spirit and teachings of the Catholic Church?

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Am I prepared to assist the parents in their Christian duty by my example, support, encouragement and prayer?

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