Our parish community extends our congratulations on the occasion of the birth of your child and your desire to have him/her welcomed into the church at Assumption Parish. Your child will be baptized into the mystery of Christ’s loving embrace, given new life and the promise of life eternal. This moment is not only a moment of grace for you and your family but also for our entire parish. Sacramental celebrations are a community’s source of identity as members of Christ’s body and thus are never just private moments. Baptism is also a time for parents to acknowledge their primary role in passing on the faith to their child. Since baptism is such an important moment for you and our community, we ask that you review the following guide to help you prepare for your child’s baptism.
Who can be baptized at Assumption Parish?
We are more than pleased to baptize any child that will be raised in the Catholic faith. Families registered at another parish will be asked to provide a letter of consent from their pastor so that the child can be baptized at Assumption.
My child is older. Is that okay?
Children under 7yrs old are baptized as infants. We will be happy to baptize children older than 7, but there are some other requirements and practices to consider. We’d be happy to explain this to you.
When do you baptize and how much notice is required?
We baptize about once a month – usually on Sunday afternoon after the 11am mass, but occasionally during one of the weekend masses. A two-month notice is recommended.
How do we prepare for the baptism of our child?
The first step is to meet with Deacon Paul Bezaire. Dcn. Paul will review the requirements of baptism with you, explain the preparation required, and help you pick a date for the baptism. Once that’s done, there’s a preparation session to attend for the parents and godparents.
Where is the baptism held?
We celebrate baptisms at Holy Name of Mary Church – 711 McEwan Avenue. Holy Name of Mary is where Our Lady of the Assumption Parish gathers for worship.
What if I am divorced, unmarried, or don’t attend church regularly?
We are always happy to help you connect more fully with the parish, but none of these issues would be a barrier to baptizing your child. All are welcome!
Do I need to have godparents for the child?
Yes. The church requires you to have at least one godparent, but one male and one female is the norm. They must be at least 16 years of age, and a practising Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Is there a cost for baptism?
No. There is absolutely no cost for the baptism. However, many parents offer a free will donation to the parish.
How do I get started?
The best way to contact Dcn. Paul is by email – firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also leave a message for him at the parish office – 519 253 2493 ext 23.