Parents are required to attend a Pre-Baptismal Class before arranging the baptism of their child. It is recommended that they attend as early as possible, preferably during the period of pregnancy. Classes are offered the second Monday of the month at 7pm in the faculty room at Notre Dame Academy. Please call Leader Couple Mary & Marty Kennedy at 716-825-6327 or call the parish office at 716-822-1250 to register.
Baptisms are generally performed by Fr. Bill or Deacon Dan after a weekend Mass, but other time arrangements are available if needed. Please call the parish office for assistance.
Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.
Baptism is the sacrament of faith which has the Risen Christ as its source, and it is the offer of salvation for all people. Intimately linked to Confirmation and to Eucharist, Baptism is, with these two sacraments, Christian Initiation. The child is baptized in the faith of their parents, godparents and of the Church.
In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place, and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.
GODPARENTS: A person may have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female.
In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent they must:
be chosen by the parents, have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role
be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist
receive a letter from their home parish stating their are active in their Faith
if married, be in a Sacramental marriage blessed by a priest or deacon
will be a good role model for the one being baptized
be neither the father nor the mother of the child
A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community may be admitted only as a “Christian witness” (not a godparent) provided that there is at least one Roman Catholic godparent who fulfills the above criteria. A non-baptized person cannot be a witness.