Infant Baptism

We hold the Baptism of Infants on the second Sunday of each month immediately following the 1:00 p.m. Mass.  There are no Baptisms during Lent.

Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon as possible after their birth.  In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents consent to baptism - or at least one of them - and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.  To that end, we ask that parents/families regularly practice their faith - attending Mass regularly; partaking in the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly; and be formally registered in our parish for at least three (3) months prior to presenting their child for baptism.

In conjunction with Baptism, a Baptism class is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. at the parish.   It is a one time meeting prior to the celebration of Infant Baptism.  You would likely attend the class just prior to the Baptism date that you have chosen, but exceptions can be made.  We require that both parents attend the Baptism class.  If you have attended this Baptism class within the last two years then you are exempt from retaking the class.   

Please note that the class dates and baptism dates may vary from the typical schedule so please call the parish office to have the current date list sent to you via email.  Thank you.

Note: due to clergy schedules, changes may occur to class and Baptism dates.  Please call the parish office to verify dates and to register for both class and Baptism dates.


Any questions, please call Shelley Brown at the Parish Office at (231) 947-4620 ext. 252.

Children, age 7-17 

For children, youth and teens, ages 7 -17  seeking to be Baptized into the Catholic Faith, please go to the FAITH FORMATION heading above and go to Sacrament Preparation.  The preparation process will be described there and, in addition, contact information for the Coordinator of this program is listed there.  Please be aware that this program begins in the Fall and continues until  Easter.



For Adults, age 18 and up, seeking Baptism into the Catholic Faith through Full Initiation in our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, please visit the FAITH FORMATION heading above and click on RCIA for information on this program.  Contact information is also found there.


Who can serve as a Godparent or Sponsor?

The persons you choose to be godparents or sponsors are very important!  They should be good, patient, knowledgeable and a good witness of the faith.  You can choose one, male or female, as is usual for adults, or, two godparents, one male, one female, for an infant or child.  They should be Catholic and fully-initiated - received Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist - and, if married, they should have been married or convalidated by the Catholic Church.  If single, they cannot be cohabiting outside of marriage.  Lastly, they must be regularly practicing the Catholic faith.  

Why are these conditions so important?  As a Godparent/Sponsor, you are promising to assist the parents of the child (or promising the adult) and to take an active role in the godchild's/sponsee's growth in the Catholic faith.  Not meeting these conditions would be like applying for a job that you were not qualified to do.  A Godparent is a godparent IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH!  A very important and critical role!

If you have ANY questions about this information, contact the Parish Office!

CLICK HERE for the Baptismal Godparent Form.

CLICK HERE for our Baptism Sponsor Guide

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