The origins of baptism goes back to Jesus. In his dialogue with Nicodemus Jesus said “ No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Holy Spirit. (Jn 3:5). Baptism is necessary for salvation. Right before his ascension he called His disciples and told them, go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Mt: 26.
After the ascension of Christ the disciples traveled to different parts of the world preaching, baptizing and establishing Christian communities. When someone received baptism he became a member of the newly formed Christian community. This tradition still continues today. By our baptism we become members of Church, the Body of Christ, the local parish and the universal Catholic Church. Catholics are required to follow the teachings of Jesus, the teachings of the Church and to be aware of the responsibilities baptism bring.
Requirements for Baptism at St. Terrence:
In order for a Child to be baptized at St. Terrence, the Parents must be registered at least 3 months prior to the baptism and be participating in the life to the parish by attending Masses, supporting the parish by sharing material goods. If you live within a different parish jurisdiction than St. Terrence or registered in another parish, we require that you get a letter of permission from your local parish.
The parents must attend the baptism prep classes before baptism. After the baptisms are celebrated, parents have the responsibility of attending Church regularly with your children. A donation to the Church is requested of each family. God parents must be practicing Catholics, confirmed, 16 years of age, lives according to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church. You may have a non- Catholic, a baptized Christian as a Sponsor. In order for the Catholic God parent to take the role, we need that they get the suitability letter duly filled and signed by their Pastor.