Baptism incorporates people into the church, joins them with the death and resurrection of Christ, effects a forgiveness of sins, and orients people to the worship of God and the wider mission of the church.
Baptism is a communal event
Baptism calls us to mission-the mission of Jesus Christ
Baptism is the beginning of a long process of initiation into the faith of Jesus Christ
Baptism orients us to choose the values of Jesus Christ
Baptism requires a conversion of heart to the values, attitudes, and beliefs of Jesus Christ, and incorporation into a community of faith which, through word, worship, witness and service, continues to work for the commonwealth of justice and peace which Jesus inaugurated through his preaching of the kingdom of God.
Contact the Parish Office for registration and preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism.
Please call the Parish Office at (607)264 3779
Requirements of Godparents
Parents preparing to have a child baptized need to select godparents for their child who will help them in their role as Christian parents to raise their child in the practice of the Catholic Faith. Since godparents are sponsors for the child and they accept this important role of assisting the parents and representing the Church of God the Church has requirements for godparents as follows:
- Must be at least 16 years of age
- Must be fully initiated into the Church-Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist
- Must be practicing their Roman Catholic faith on a regular basis
- Must not be bound by an impediment that keeps them from being a godparent
It is good for the parents to be aware of these requirements before asking someone to fulfill their role in their child's life and for us to be aware before we tell someone, "Yes, I would love to be your child's godparent!" only to discover we do not meet the requirements.