"Now, why delay? Get up and have yourself baptized and your sins washed away, calling upon his name."
- Acts 22:16
What is Baptism?
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
What are the requirements for infant Baptism at St. Peter Parish?
Baptisms are at St. Peter Parish are usually held on the 1st Sunday of the month, August through June, at 1:00 PM. Parents must be registered parishioners and attending Mass regularly for 3 months prior to the date of Baptism. If this is your first child being baptized, you will also need to attend a Baptism class at the parish. For more information about having your child baptized, please contact the Parish Office at 586-468-4578.
Who can be baptized?
"Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized." (CCC, 1246)
For a Baptism to be valid, it does not have to have occurred in a Catholic church. Any Christian denomination which believes in the Trinity can perform a valid Christian Baptism. This sacrament can only be received once.
Why should I have my child baptized?
Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation. Through Baptism, a person's soul is cleansed of Original Sin and they become a member of the Body of Christ and the Church. "Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ. In accordance with the Lord's will, it is necessary for salvation, as is the Church herself." (CCC, 1277)