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Baptism

 

At OLL, Baptisms are performed either during the Mass or after specific Masses.  If the family chooses the baptism to occur during the Mass, they may choose any of the 3 weekend Mass times with proper arrangements.  If the family prefers the baptism to be performed outside of Mass, they may choose it to occur after a 5pm Saturday Mass or after a 10:30am Sunday Mass. Pleaase read below for more guidelines on baptisms…

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION:  If you would like to have your child baptized at OLL, please arrange for a preparation session before the baptism is scheduled.  Parents should be registered and active participants in parish life.  Contact Carla or ext. 145 to set up a meeting.

For baptismal information or to schedule a baptism and to sign up for the baptism preparation meeting, please contact Carla LaBore, Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation, at 952-472-1284 ext. 145

Infant/Child Baptisms
Adolescent/Adult Baptisms


In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation.

“No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (Jn 3:5).

After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them,

“Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16:16).

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and experiencing the embrace of God.


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Infant and child baptisms

Preparation
We offer a Baptism preparation program for our parents to give you an opportunity deepen your understanding of Baptism and to grow in faith as a family.  Parents are asked to meet with the Baptism Coordinator prior to your child’s Baptism.

Godparents
When you invite a person to serve as your child’s godparent, they are making a lifelong commitment to your child.  The Catholic Church requires that the godparents be spiritual models, be 16 years of age, be confirmed, and are practicing their Catholic faith.  There may be no more than two godparents for your child, one male and one female.

Church Membership
You are required to be registered in a parish but not necessarily Our Lady of the Lake parish.  If you are registered elsewhere, you will need to obtain a letter from your pastor granting us permission to baptize your child.


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Adult/Adolescent Baptisms

After the age of reasoning (7 years old), a person is considered to be an “adult in the church”.  Therefore the Adult/Adolescent seeking baptism needs to understand what they are undertaking in baptism.  The Adolescent/Adult baptsimal candidate participates in RCIA as the preparation to being baptised, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God’s gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher.  To arrange baptism through RCIA for an adolescent or adult, please contact Carla and be sure to visit the RCIA page for more information.