St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 0S233 Church St. Winfield, IL 60190

Baptism

Baptism

 
 

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"Jesus answered, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.'" (Jn. 3:5)

"Jesus said, '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...'" (Mt. 28:19)

Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments; it is the "door" which gives access to the other sacraments and to a life of grace. It frees us from sin, unites us to Christ, and makes us temples of the Holy Spirit and children of God. Through Baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ, the Church.

Registered members of our parish seeking Baptism for their child are asked to attend a Baptism Preparation meeting whereby the team will walk the family through the joys, actions, rites, and requirements of this sacrament. The meeting is offered in both English and Spanish once a month each. 

Baptism is offered monthly in English during a designated 11:30 Mass  and on a Saturday at 11:00 a.m. or in Spanish during a designated 1:30 Mass and on a Saturday at 11:00 a.m.. 

Please contact the parish office at 630.668.0918 ext. 600 for information about Baptism times, Baptism Preparation meeting times, and information.

Godparents are sponsors of the one who is baptized. They assume a responsibility to assist the newly baptized on the road of the Christian life: "Dear godparents, it is your important duty to sustain and help the parents in their educational task, supporting them in the transmission of the truths of the faith and in their witness to the Gospel values and bringing up these children in an ever deeper friendship with the Lord. May you always be able to offer them your good example, through the practice of Christian virtues" (Pope Benedict XVI). Canons 873-874 of the Code of Canon Law state that only one godparent is required but that there may be two (a godfather and a godmother) and that the godparent be at least 16 years old, not the parent of the child, already confirmed and received the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist, and living a life in harmony with the Church. A baptized person who is not Catholic may serve as a Christian witness together with a Catholic godparent.

If a child is over the age of 7, a two year preparation for Baptism and First Holy Communion is required.  Parents should contact our Parish Office at 630.668.0918 ext. 600 to set a time to meet and plan for Baptism.