Baptism

“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, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” –Mt. 28:19-20

Baptism is the first of seven sacraments and the way in which a person becomes a member of the Catholic Church. Baptism pardons sins, recues us from the powers of darkness, and gives us dignity as children of God. For these reasons, the church encourages Baptism as soon as possible after birth. Infants and children under age seven may be baptized with the consent of at least one parent. For Baptism of those aged seven years and older, including adults please see section titled “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults”.

If you would like to have your child baptized at Blessed Sacrament, Wainwright, please call the Parish Office a minimum of one month before you would like to have your child baptized. A copy of the child’s Birth Certificate, including parents’ names, must be presented upon registration and before any date is set. Parents will also be required to set up a time with the priest for Baptismal preparation.

Please be aware that Godparents must be practising Catholics. They are considered by the Church to be important models and teachers in the faith life of the baptized person. Only one Godparent is required. However, if two are named, they must be male and female. If one of the parties is not Catholic, they would be designated as a witness rather than a Godparent.

Note: If you reside in another parish and desire to have your child baptized at Blessed Sacrament, you must have permission from your local parish priest to do so. This is Archdiocesan policy. Your first step then is to contact the priest of the parish in which you live. The Archdiocese of Edmonton directory of parishes is found here: http://www.caedm.ca/ParishesMassTimes.aspx.

For more information on the Sacrament of Baptism please click here to be taken to the Archdiocesan website. For a short video reflection on the Sacrament of Baptism by Archbishop Smith, please see: https://vimeo.com/222546587.

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