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Baptism

Baptism 

"And you, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways."
Luke 1:76

At the Church of the Resurrection, we strive to prepare a child and its family for a life of Christian Service. Through the sacrament of Baptism, we are adopted into God’s family and we are anointed to share in the ministry of Jesus Christ. Just as Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to fulfill the role of Priest, Prophet and King, all who are baptized are asked to continue the ministry of Jesus. Jesus is the Great High Priest. All Christians share in His priestly ministry through prayer and worship. Jesus is the final Prophet. He is the complete revelation of God’s Word who came to proclaim God’s Kingdom. All Christians are called to continue to announce the good news by sharing God’s Word and His teachings. Jesus is the King of Kings. Christians are called to be good stewards of the gifts that God has giving them.

Our Luke 1:76 ministry is structured to help the child and its family to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism and to live the promises received in the sacrament.

You formed my inmost being, you knit me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 130:13) 

Preparation for the Christian life begins in the womb. God is actively at work in nurturing the child in the womb of its mother. Members of the Luke 1:76 Ministry are committed to praying for the child and its parents. They promise to pray daily for the health and well-being of the child, its mother, father, and other family members. Throughout the pregnancy, those who are praying for your child will send notes of encouragement. As soon as appropriate, we would like to begin praying for the child, please let us know when you are expecting.

In baptism, the child becomes a member of the Church, the Body of Christ. The Church is also involved in preparing the child and family for the Christian life. Monthly at the regularly two scheduled Sunday Masses, we will have a blessing of the children. For those children in their mothers’ womb and those already brought into the world, there will be a special blessing where the entire Church gathered on Sunday can pray for the children and their families.

“Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

Steps to Having Your Child Baptized

In the Sacrament of Baptism, through water and faith, children are given the promise of the Kingdom of Heaven. To help the child and its parents prepare to receive this grace, we offer a series of experiences. Some are held at the Parish and others are done at home and online. In baptism, the child is commissioned to serve the Church as priest, prophet and king.

Our first session is completed online and asks the family to reflect on the meaning of baptism and their current life of prayer and worship. This session ends with registering your child for baptism.

Next, you will meet with one of the members of our Luke 1:76 ministry. We will schedule the blessing at Mass and review your registration. We will also discuss the role of the Word of God in the life of your family.

Then you will be invited to the third session. This is a group meeting that is scheduled monthly. We will focus on the meaning of baptism and discuss what will occur during the sacrament. After this session, you will be able to schedule the baptism.

After the baptism, we will meet with you in your home to present you with the baptismal certificate. We will discuss what you experienced at the sacrament and your plans for assisting your child to become a full member of the Body of Christ, the Church.

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

Baptized into the Church, the children are now commissioned to go forth and share what they have received. Throughout the year, we will hold special celebrations at the Mass where the newly baptized children are welcomed into the parish. We will also invite you to reflect on what you experienced in the sacrament and how you are living the graces of Baptism in your life. The baptism of your child is an important day not only in your life, but in the life of the Church. We would like to honor the significance of this day with a yearly reminder, so please make sure to keep in touch with the parish.

How Do I Begin?

To begin the registration process, complete the Baptismal Information form and turn it in to Margaret Pratt, Parish Secretary. If you have any questions her phone number is 301/236-5202.

 

FAQ

I am not a parishioner, can I still have my child baptized at the Church of the Resurrection?

Yes: However; Sacraments are celebrated in the parish that you are currently attending. You should be a registered parishioner with a demonstrated history of sharing your time, talents, and treasure with the parish. Sometimes circumstances make celebrating a sacrament in your home parish very difficult. Your family may be in the Burtonsville area, but you live in West Virginia. The Church of the Resurrection is willing to work with you to schedule a baptism at our parish in order to meet the needs of your family. We will need a letter from your parish stating that you are an active, registered parishioner. It will also be necessary to take a baptismal preparation class at your parish before scheduling a date at the Church of the Resurrection.

I have already taken one baptismal preparation class, do I need to take it again?

Yes. This is a new course with a different emphasis. We believe that you will benefit from this process.

Who can be a Godparent?

In the Baptism Liturgy, Godparents make the same promises as the parents. The parents promise to raise their children in the Catholic Church, so it is necessary for the godparents to be Catholic. The Church requires that each child have ONE Catholic Godparent. The Church insists that the Godparents meet the following requirements:

1. Be at least 16 years of age

2. Confirmed in the Catholic Church

3. An active, registered member of the Church (attending Mass weekly)

4. Striving to live a holy life (married in the Church, if married)

Godparents will be required to submit a letter to the Church of the Resurrection from their parish documenting that they meet the requirements.

Often families would like to have a Non-Catholic as a Godparent. The Church refers to these as Christian Witnesses. Their official role in the Baptism is to serve as a living witness to the sacrament. (During the Baptism Liturgy, no distinction is made between the Godparent and the Witness). The requirements for a Christian Witness are similar to that of a Godparent.

1. Be at least 16 years of age

2. An active member of a Christian Community

3. Striving to live a holy life

At the Church of the Resurrection, it is possible to have more than two Godparents or Witnesses. Many cultures have multiple Godparents for the celebration of the sacrament. You are free to have more than two, but we only have space in the official record for two names. One of those listed in the official record must be a Catholic Godparent.

Godparents and Witnesses promise to be examples of faith and help teach the child how to love God and neighbor.