Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word."
(From the Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Parents preparing to celebrate baptism of a child for the first time at St. John Nepomuk or if it has been 3 years since their last seminar at St. John Nepomuk need to attend a baptism seminar. Both parents should attend if at all possible.
They are usually held the first Monday of every month unless it is a holiday or holy day.
Infant baptisms take place during Sunday Mass (excluding the seasons of Advent and Lent). Infants and older children (up to 7 years old) may also be baptized immediately following a Sunday Mass in the chapel.
Call the parish office (354-2743) to sign up for a baptism seminar or
to schedule your child's baptism.
Adult Baptism Preparation is conducted through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).
Parents may choose godparents for their children from among family or friends qualified to serve in that capacity. Parents may choose a godfather and a godmother or just one godparent. Godparents not only serve as witnesses at the ceremony of baptism but also assist the baptized in leading a Christian life. Therefore, Church law requires that godparents be people who are living the Catholic faith and meet the following qualifications (canons 872-874)
1. They should ordinarily be at least 16 years of age.
2. They must be Catholics who have received Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion.
3. They must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic faith (e.g., not living in an immoral situation). Fallen away Catholics may not serve as godparents or Christian witnesses.
4. If they are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church. They may not be divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church.
Parents of the child to be baptized may not serve as godparents. If only one godparent is chosen, parents may ask someone baptized in a non-Catholic community to serve as a Christian witness to the ceremony, along with the Catholic godparent