The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation. He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are “reborn of water and the Spirit.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church
Infant or Child Baptism:
St. Edward parishioners who desire to have a child Baptized may make arrangements for the ceremony to take place at one of the weekend Masses.
Requirements for Parents:
- Parents must be registered parishioners and have the sincere intention of fulfilling the promises they make in the Rite of Baptism, to teach and raise the child in the practice of the Faith as Christ and the Church teach.
- Parents must be regularly practicing the Catholic Faith and have the children enrolled in religious education classes with their age groups.
- Parents must attend one class in preparation for the Baptism.
- Parents should seriously consider bringing their lifestyle into communion with the Church if it is not, that is, having a sacramental marriage in the church. If married, but not married in the Church, or if not married, parents must be invited to initiate a process with pastoral help to either marry in the Church or bring their civil marriage into communion with the Church. If the couple is willing and intend to bring their relationship into communion with the Church we help them as best we can and baptize the children in an appropriate setting.
Requirements for Godparents:
- Godparents must have received all three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist.
- Godparents must be regularly practicing the Catholic Faith and be at least 16 years old.
- Godparents must be living a Christian vocation as a single person or as a person validly married in the Church.
- Godparents must strive to live out their own Baptismal commitment to Christ and His Church, believe all that the Roman Catholic church teaches and believes, and make a serious effort to live an upright life.
- Godparents must not be the parent of the child to be baptized.
- Godparents must promise to give support to the person being baptized through prayers and Christian examples in daily life.
Call the church office with any questions or for more information at 541-258-5333
Baptism of Adults:
Adults seeking Baptism or reception into the Catholic Church should participate in the RCIA program to prepare for receiving the Sacraments.
The Baptism will usually take place at the Easter Vigil Mass. Contact the church office for more information at 541-258-5333