“Baptism gives us new birth in Christ, makes us sharers in the mystery of his death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin and brings us new freedom as God’s children and members of his Church.” ~Pope Francis
Celebrating Baptism at St. John the Evangelist
In order to more fully assist families in the responsibilities and gift of teaching their children to be disciples and to observe all that the Lord has commanded, our Baptism preparation begins with a personal conversation to discuss the beauty, the meaning, and grace of this first Sacrament of Initiation. We are looking forward to getting to know your family better and walking with you in this exciting time!
To reserve a time for that sacrament conversation, please call 517-784-0553 or email Angel.
Are you an adult and interested in knowing more about receiving baptism? Let’s talk! Todd or Angel would love to hear the story of your faith journey and provide the details on how you can move forward with baptism in the Catholic Church.
Qualifications for Godparents
Becoming a Godparent is not a title but a sacred commitment before God. Godparents become responsible in part for the spiritual growth and welfare of their Godchild for the whole of his or her life. Because of this special responsibility, when choosing your child’s Godparents please prayerfully consider who you would ask to fulfill this special commitment.
Requirements to be a Godparent according to Church Law (Canon 872-874): at least one Godparent must be an active, practicing Catholic; the second may be Baptized into any Christian faith but they must be Baptized; there may be one male or one female or one of each gender; they must be over 16 years of age and Confirmed; if married, they should be in a Catholic marriage; and Godparents cannot be the biological/adoptive parents or current legal guardians.
We understand. Spiritual support often reaches us from a variety of relationships. Those who are baptized Christians but who do not share the Catholic faith may sponsor a child as an official Christian Witness of the baptism, but only in conjunction with a Catholic Godparent that fulfills the above requirements. Whether both are Catholic or one Catholic and one other Christian, both Godparents must be Baptized.
If you have questions, contact Angel at the parish office!