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All parents are welcomed and encouraged to bring their children to the Sacrament of baptism. You are accepting the responsibility of training your children, as their first teachers, in the Catholic faith by participating each Sunday in the Eucharist and receiving the sacraments; you are encouraged to participate in the Sunday liturgy as a family. If you have been away from the Church, this would be a good time to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation and return to the practice of your faith. If you have not been married in Church, you are encouraged to begin that process.
Parents are asked to arrange for the baptism of a newborn child at least one month prior to the desired date and, at that time, have all necessary documents in place; contact the parish secretary at 216-361- 1444. A baptism should be scheduled with the Pastor, including participation in a training session to prepare for your child’s baptism. Baptisms usually occur on a Saturday after the Vigil Mass or on a Sunday after morning Masses.
A child to be baptized requires a sponsor (i.e., godparent) who, together with the parents, will present the child at Baptism and help the baptized lead a Christian life. Only one male or one female sponsor, or one of each sex, is required by Canon Law (Canons 849-878).
A sponsor must be at least 16 years old, a baptized Catholic who has been confirmed, someone who has received the Eucharist, and someone who leads a life in harmony with the Faith and the role to be undertaken. If married, the sponsor must be married in the Catholic Church. A sponsor may not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized.
A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Church may not be admitted as a sponsor but may serve as a Christian witness to Baptism, and then only with a Catholic sponsor. All sponsors, including St. Vitus parishioners, must obtain a letter of recommendation from their parish to be turned in to the Rectory Office. All necessary documents must be turned in before the baptism can be scheduled.