"The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. The sacrament of Baptism initiates one into God's family and into the parish family. At North American Martyrs, we are committed to making the celebration of the sacrament of baptism very special and meaningful for you and your family."
Baptisms are by appointment only. For NAM Church, they are held on the Second Sundays during the 11:00 Mass and fourth Sunday after the 11:00 Mass. For St. Michael Church, baptisms are held on the Third Sunday of the month during the 9:30 AM Mass.
Parents are required to take a Baptism preparation class. One of the goals of the class is to help parents become aware of the significance of Baptism as a beginning, not an end, to a spiritual lifelong commitment for their child.
Selecting a qualified Godparent is very important. The church expects that at least one parent and one godparent will be practicing, active members of a Catholic parish community. Godparents will need to present a letter from their pastor attesting that they are a practicing, confirmed Catholic, over the age of sixteen, as well as copies of their Baptism Certificate showing Confirmation and no bounds by any canonical penalty.
Godparent Requirements According to Church Law (ec.874)
Godparents must be at least 18 years old. If there are two Godparents, one must be male and one must be female. If a sponsor is of another faith or has not received Confirmation, they may act as a Christian witness.
The Godparent must be a fully initiated Catholic Christian. This means that he/she is baptized, receives Eucharist, is confirmed and has no bounds by any canonical penalty.
The Godparent must be practicing the Catholic faith. This means they are regularly attending and participating at Masses and should be registered at a Catholic parish. This also means that if married, he/she was married in the Church, and if no longer married, the marriage was annulled or they have not remarried.
If the selected Godparent cannot be present at the time of Baptism, a proxy (relative or friend) may be invited to stand in for them during the Baptism.
The parents should be registered members of North American Martyrs or at the parish they plan to attend with their newly baptized child. If they are members of another parish seeking Baptism at North American Martyrs, a letter will be required from their parish granting permission for the Baptism to be held at NAM.