Why do we do an infant baptism? Baptism is the first sacrament we receive. Through our baptisms, we become children of God and members of the Church. Our sins are forgiven.
The Catholic church considers baptism to be such an important and necessary sacrament, that even children are baptized. When an infant is baptized, the responsibility for bringing that child up in the faith really rests with the parents and the godparents. Because of that, the Church asks that parents and godparents attend preparation classes to help them better understand what baptism is all about. We also require that at least one of the godparents be a practicing Catholic (weekly attendance at Mass, through the sacrament of confirmation, and if married – married in the Church, or if single – living a chaste single life).
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (St. Mary’s) in Albany has an Infant Baptism class every month except December. We ask that participants call ahead to register for the class that they will attend. You can call the parish office at 541-926-1449 to register or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents and godparents can also attend classes at other churches if they do not live locally. We would just need proof of attendance at least a week before the baptism.
Parents will need to stop off at the office to bring in the original birth certificate and any other required paperwork. While you are there, speak with Teresa Middlemiss to sign up for a baptism day and time.
If your child is in second grade or older and not baptized, your child will need to attend classes. These will mostly be on Sunday mornings during the school year. Please contact the office if you have children second grade or older who are not baptized.