Christian Initiation and 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28.19-20).

Baptism is:
• is a response to God’s gift of faith
• is a public profession of faith in Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world
• is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation
• is the basis of the Christian life
• is a new birth into a life in the Spirit

The Effects of Baptism:
• unites one to Christ as a disciple
• gives a new life by rebirth in the life of the Spirit
• confers the forgiveness of sins
• makes one a son or daughter of God
• incorporates a person into the Church as a member of the Body of Christ,
• gives a share in the mission that Christ gave to the Church.

As a Sacrament of faith, Baptism springs from and deepen a relationship within a community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each person can believe, grow and develop. Following the tradition of the Church throughout the centuries, the Christian family gathers on the Lord’s Day to celebrate the Eucharist of the Risen Lord, to support one another in the living of the Christian faith and to draw strength to fulfill the mission of Christ throughout the week. Therefore, the first requirement for those seeking Baptism for themselves or their children is to become a believing member of the Parish Community. The preparation for Baptism is designed to assist them to joining the community for the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist. The first Mass of the Lord’s Day is celebrated on Saturday evening (5:30 pm) is assist those who have to work on Sunday.

Baptism of Infants: Parents seeking Baptism are invited to call the Parish Office (613-968-6829) to arrange for a meeting with the Baptism Preparation Team. In the Baptism of Infants, it is the faith of the parents and godparents in union with the larger parish community that is the most important element that will assist the faith of the child to develop as they grow and mature. Thus parents and godparents must be people of faith, able and ready to help the newly baptized - child on the road of Christian life.

Baptism of School Age children: Parents seeking Baptism for an older child already in school are advised to call the Parish Office (613-968-6829), preferably in the early Fall and arrange an meeting with the Pastor, Father John Hibbard.

Children in Grade 2 and older are gradually lead to the knowledge and practice of the faith according to the various stages of the initiation of children and are fully initiated into the Church by Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. The normal process for older children who wish to be disciples of Christ and members of the Church is the process of the Christian Initiation of Children of Catechetical Age. This process involves several steps which will be explained in person at the Church.

Baptism of Adults: Unbaptized adults seeking Christian Initiation are invited to call the Parish Office (613-968-6829) in the early Fall and arrange an meeting with the Pastor, Father John Hibbard.

The normal process for adults who wish to be disciples of Christ through Baptism and members of the Church is the process of the Christian Initiation of Adults. This process involves several steps leading to full initiation at the Easter Vigil through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist. The process will be explained in a personal meeting.

Joining the Church: Those who were baptized in another Christian Church (Anglican, Lutheran, United etc.) and wish to become members of the Catholic Church should call the Parish Office (613-968-6829) to schedule an appointment with the Pastor, Father John Hibbard.
A certificate of Baptism in the Protestant Church will be required.

First Communion and Confirmation
Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation and it is the sacrament that prepares us to celebrate Confirmation and First Eucharist. If your child is not baptized or if your child was baptized in another Christian Church (Anglican, Lutheran, United Church, etc.) and you would like your child to be a member of the Catholic Church please call the parish office at 61-968-6829.

GODPARENTS AND SPONSORS

It is an ancient custom of the church that adults and children to be baptized are supported by godparents, who are baptized members of the Christian community who will represent the community, speak for the candidate, and assist the candidate at least in the final preparation for Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist and after baptism will support them in the faith, help them persevere in their faithfulness and in their lives as Christians.

Godparents represent both the expanded spiritual family of the one to be baptized and the members of the Church as a whole. Godparents help the parents so that the children will come to profess the faith and live up to it.

In the later rites of the catechumenate and in the celebration of Baptism, the godparents are to testify to the faith and readiness of the candidates. Therefore, the godparents chosen by the catechumens or by the families of the children, must, in the judgment of the parish priest, be qualified to carry out the proper liturgical role.

Each candidate must have at least one godparent who is a full initiated member of the Catholic Church. Normally, for adults there is one godparent, either male or female; for children there are normally two, a godmother and a godfather. There can only be one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each.

To take on the role of sponsor a person must:
• be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or guardians, or in their absence be designated by the pastor, and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
• have completed the sixteenth year of age;
• be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
• not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic community participates only with a Catholic sponsor and is a Christian witness of the Baptism. One who is not baptized cannot stand as Christian witness at Baptism.