"Baptism, the door to life and to the kingdom of God…
is the sacrament by which its recipients are incorporated into the Church
and are built up together in the Spirit into a house where God lives,
into a holy nation and a royal priesthood."
General Introduction to the Rite of Baptism for Children
The Sacrament of Baptism
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Baptism (also called christening) is the first sacrament we receive and makes us members of the Church. At St. Joseph's Baptisms are celebrated during the weekend Masses upon request or after if schedule permits (no Baptisms are held during Lent). Advanced registration is required. Parents requesting Baptism for their child must be registered, active and participating members of the parish. This means that the parents are presently registered in the parish, attend Sunday Mass regularly, and support and participate in the life of the parish through the sharing of their time, talent and treasure. Those who belong to a different parish but are requesting baptism at St. Joseph must furnish a letter of permission and verification of parish membership from their pastor. Parents and godparents, if possible, are to also participate in a parish sponsored baptism preparation class.
Parent Baptism Preparation Sessions are held as needed. Parents anticipating a Baptism, and have not attended classes within three years, should call the Parish Office (330-274-2253) to arrange a class. If you believe raising your child as a Catholic-Christian is one of your most important duties as a parent, please contact Sr. Joyce Schreiber.
Godparents for Baptism: Traditionally, two people (one male and one female) are chosen to be godparents for baptism. Godparents are either two practicing Catholics, or one practicing Catholic and one practicing Christian of another faith. The Catholic godparent(s) must be at least 16 years of age, baptized and confirmed.
As the first Initiation Sacrament we receive, Baptism is a key event in the lives of those receiving it, their families, and the community of St. Joseph's. Many people in the parish give of their time to make Baptism a memorable experience.
Baptismal Font Maintenance - The baptismal font itself often needs routine maintenance, as well as regular cleaning. This is handled by Kevin Kotkowski.
Baptismal Gowns - For infants particularly, the tradition of a white baptismal garment adds to the beauty and solemnity of the occasion as a sign of the new life of Christ. The tradition of hand crafting baptismal garments for babies and small children and RCIA continues (the late Leona Redhead lovingly provided for many years, then Carol Cox and Kathy Singer, and now Annette Carlisle).
Grateful For Good Stewards
Many of you have noticed and commented favorably about our remodeled Baptismal Font. This is the fine work of Andrew Kollarik. He and his wife, Kathy, have given this beautiful pool as a gift to St. Joseph Parish. Many thanks and God bless you for your kindness!
The remodeling of our Baptismal font was completed in August of 2014. The liturgical symbols were placed on the fountain last week. The water of river is symbolic of life giving sanctifying grace that wash away original sin and give us the promise of eternal life. The shell is symbolic of God the Father pouring forth salvation to the world. The large fish, which was used in the early church as a gathering sign for believers, stands for Christ. The smaller fish represent the members of the Church today living in the waters of faith. Lastly, the dove represents the Holy Spirit who came down on Our Lord at his Baptism by John in the Jordan River. The art work was done by Radiant Arts of Beach City, Ohio. The presentation was completed in memory of Roy Brugmann, a long time member of our community.
For further information on Baptizing your child,
contact the Parish Office (330-274-2253).