John the Baptist baptized Jesus (John 1:39-34). Even John realized that something seemed out of order. When he resisted, Jesus told him it was too important not to. John’s baptism was one of repentance, but the baptism we share is even deeper than that.
Baptism has been called “our first step to heaven.” It is in baptism that we become a part of God’s family, blessed with the Church. Parents give the gift of baptism by bringing their children to church and raising them in the practice of the faith. It is essential that parents recognize this fundamental responsibility of parenthood. Not only is baptism a “tradition,” it is also a commitment made by the parents on behalf of their child to live as Disciples of Christ. Parents are the first and primary teachers of the faith.
Baptisms take place on the first and third Sunday of every month at 1 PM or at a Sunday Mass upon request and availability. We ask that the family is registered at St. George Parish as this is the beginning of life in the church for your child. A Baptismal Preparation Session is obligatory in advance of the Baptism. Please call the rectory for registration in this Session.
If the parents have attended a Baptismal Preparation Session within the past two years, they are not required to attend another Session. The family may invite a visiting priest. A donation to the Church is requested of each family. A Godparent must be a practicing Catholic, 16 years of age and who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Contact the parish office at 708-532-2243.i