The Sacrament of Baptism is one's entrance into the life of Jesus Christ as a Christian in the Catholic Church. Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation. The others are Holy Eucharist (Communion) and Confirmation. It is a celebration for our parish community along with your family.
PRE-BAPTISMAL CLASS - If you are a parent for the first time or have not attended in many years, the Diocese of Cleveland requires your participation at a Pre-Baptismal Class in preparation for your child's Baptism. Information on the meaning of Baptism, the responsibilities of Christian parents, the qualifications for godparents, and an explanation of the ritual will be discussed. Contact our parish office at 330-483-3808 to register for a class by our Deacon. For your convenience, attendance at a Pre-Baptismal Class at another Catholic parish is acceptable.
GODPARENT(S) - One Catholic godparent is required for Baptism, but parents may select two (a male and a female) for recording in the child's Baptism Record and certificate. A godparent must:
- be at least 16 years of age
- be Baptized, Confirmed, and regularly attends Mass for the Eucharist
- be a practicing Catholic who believes and lives according to the teachings of Christ and the Church
- if married, be married by a Catholic priest/deacon, not just a civil marriage
- submit a Sponsor Certificate from their pastor, including St. Martin Parishioners, indicating they fulfill the above requirements
N.B. A Catholic who never received Confirmation; is in a marriage considered invalid by the Church; is cohabitating; or has left the Catholic Church is excluded from serving as a godparent
Non-Catholic Witness - A baptized, non-Catholic may serve as a Christian Witness along with a Catholic godparent. A Witness is an adult who is baptized (not merely dedicated) in a Christian tradition other than Catholic and is practicing in that tradition. The Witness is not considered a second godparent but can be noted in the record and on the child's certificate as a non-Catholic, Christian Witness.
SCHEDULING - The Sacrament of Baptism usually is celebrated on Sundays at 11:30 AM following the Sunday Mass. A family may request another time or a celebration during a Sunday Mass. For more information or to schedule a Baptism, please call the parish office at 330-483-3808.