Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church

The Holy Mystery of Baptism

by Fr. Roman Bobesiuk
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The Father reveals and grants us eternal life through his Son in the Holy Spirit. This life of the new creation becomes accessible to us not only after death, but even now. Through the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation, along with the Eucharist, we are united to Christ. In him we become heirs of divine life, bearers of the Holy Spirit, who reveals to us the full truth of Christ. The Spirit leads us along the paths of Christ’s commandments and prays within us: “Abba! Father!” (Rom 8:15). Through these Holy Mysteries we become members of the Body
of Christ and temples of the Holy Spirit.

Catechism of UGCC “Christ our Pascha”

Baptism Registration

The Sacrament of Baptism incorporates us into the Church, the Body of Christ, and our introduction to the life of the Holy Trinity. Water is a natural symbol of cleansing and newness of life. Through the three-fold immersion in the waters of Baptism in the Name of the Holy Trinity, one dies to the old ways of sin and is born to a new life in Christ.
Baptisms for infants usually take place on any Sunday. Please email us to contact the parish office for more information about baptizing your child. A member of the parish staff will contact you upon receiving your submission.
Please note, that you must be a parishioner to schedule a baptism at Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church .

Godparents

A godparent plays a pivotal role in a child’s life. As such, a godparent must be at least 16 years of age, and regularly attending a Catholic Church of any jurisdiction.
Parents of the child being baptized cannot be the child’s godparents, however, grandparents or other family members may serve in this role. A baptized, practicing non-Catholic Christian may not be a sponsor. That person may participate as a Christian witness, but does not replace the sponsor. A Catholic who is not practicing his or her faith cannot participate as a Christian witness or sponsor.
Only one godparent is required. If you would like to have two godparents, one must be male and the other must be female (i.e. there cannot be two males or two females).
At least two weeks before the date of the baptism, sponsors must submit a letter of eligibility from his or her parish indicating that he or she meets the above requirements.

Adult Baptisms

The Baptism of adults is practiced when there was no previous baptism in the name of the Holy Trinity.  If your child has reached the use of reason (usually around 6 or 7) and is under the age of 18 or if you are an adult seeking baptism, please contact us.

Baptism in an emergency

In an emergency (for example, if the unbaptized child of Christian parents, or an adult who desires to be baptized, is in danger of death), then a priest can perform the baptism in a shortened form. In the absence of a priest, any baptized Christian may baptize.
The person to be baptized is immersed in water three times, or water is poured upon his forehead three times, once at the mention of each person of the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in the following words which are said as the baptism is being performed:

The servant of God N. is baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

If the person baptized in an emergency survives, then at a later date, the parts of the baptismal service that follow the rite of baptism (the readings and litany) are celebrated in Church; the newly-baptized person is chrismated and receives Holy Communion for the first time.

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