Baptism is an incredible gift from God. In this Sacrament we receive the grace of the forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, and we become the adopted sons and daughters of God and members of his family, the church. 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. A child should be baptized within the first few months after birth.

Receiving This Sacrament

It is required for parents to attend a Baptism Preparation Program. Meetings are in February, April, June, August, October and December at 7:30 p.m. Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. or during a weekend Liturgy. If you wish to schedule a baptism or an emergency baptism for any un-baptized person, who is critically ill, please call the Parish Office at 440-238-5555.

Insights & References

Please remember that in an extreme emergency, church law permits that any lay person can administer the sacrament of Baptism. You pour water so that it flows on any part of the recipient's body while, at the same time, saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The person who administers the sacrament in that situation is also responsible for notifying the parish about the baptism, giving date and place and name of minister, and we will assist you to ensure that the sacrament is properly registered.

"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.” — MATTHEW 28:19