Baptism Instruction

Baptism is but the first step leading to full membership in the Church. The Church views this sacrament as much more than a once given rite to take away original sin. Baptism is only the beginning of a life of faith. This faith is a “seed” needing to be nurtured by the parents. In the ceremony itself the parents are asked if they are ready to show Catholic example and raise the child in faith. The celebrant reminds the parents that they are “the first and best teachers in the ways of faith.” Since parents are seen as the “first and best” teachers, the Baptismal Instruction program seeks to offer the parents both the support of the parish family and an opportunity for reassessing their own faith and responsibilities to educate their child(ren).

The program offers parents a review of the history and theology of the sacrament of Baptism, reaffirms their own faith, and offers them the opportunity to share concerns and faith with other parents. A video supplements the discussion of the ceremonial aspects of Baptism. This program helps parents realize the Church’s concern for them in their responsibility to raise their child(ren) as Roman Catholic Christian(s).

Baptismal Instruction is offered the First Sunday of each month in the Parish Center Gathering Room at 1:00 P.M.. Baptisms are celebrated the Third Sunday of each month at 1:00 P.M.. To register for the Baptism Instruction Program, parents must first be registered members of Ascension Parish. At least one godparent must be a practicing Catholic; a baptized Christian may serve as a witness in place of one of the sponsors.

For further information and to register for the Baptism Instruction Program, please call the Parish Office.