“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
Baptism preparation classes are usually offered on the first Sunday of the month, immediately following the noon Mass, in the church. Please contact Angel Koerkel at the parish office to sign up for the class. Parents must attend this preparation class; it is preferred that godparents also attend, but not mandatory.
Baptism dates will be scheduled after attending a prep class and viewing the “Reborn” series on Formed.org. (Parish Code: 0766a8)
To reserve a date, please schedule a brief meeting with parish staff by calling: 517-784-0553 or emailing Angel.
Are you an adult and interested in knowing more about receiving baptism? Let’s talk! Todd or Shayne 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. To be admitted as a godparent, a person must:
– be chosen as a godparent either by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or duly delegated minister. The godparent-to-be must have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
– be at least sixteen years of age, unless the parish pastor has granted an exception for a just cause;
– be a baptized Catholic who has received the sacrament of First Holy Communion, the sacrament of Confirmation, and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the Gospel as handed on to the Church;
– not be bound by any canonical penalty;
– not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized
We understand. Spiritual support often reaches us from a variety of familial and fraternal ties. 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. In this case, however, a Catholic godparent who meets the above requirements must also sponsor the child. A Christian Witness may not be the sole sponsor of a Catholic baptism, nor may two Christian Witnesses fulfill this role. A Christian Witness may function only together with a Catholic godparent.
If you have questions, contact Angel at the parish office.
Documents for Baptismal Prep