To celebrate your child’s arrival among the Community of Human Family, and to prepare for his or her initiation into the Church of Jesus Christ, the Catholic Family of Faith at St. Peter’s has designed a pastoral program of preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism.
A personal visit with the priest or deacon is the first step in our preparation process. To arrange for the visit, call 516-883-6675. One of the clergy will return your call and set up an appointment at a mutually convenient time. During this comfortable and informal visit, you will be asked to reflect on your own personal faith journey and connection to the parish community, and to talk about your sense of the importance of the Sacrament of Baptism for the life of your child. There will also be a discussion on the practical information needed for the baptism to take place and be recorded properly. Finally, you will schedule the dates for the pre-baptism parent gathering and the baptism itself.
Once a month, St. Peter’s holds its Pre-Baptismal Preparation Sessions.
The focus of these parent gatherings is threefold:
- A sharing on parenting designed to highlight the miracle of your child’s arrival as God’s magnificent gift.
- A teaching on Baptism designed to stress this Sacrament as God’s love for us desiring to re-make or re-image a person in the likeness of Christ Himself. (Remember: the other name for Baptism is Christening, as in “making one like Christ!”)
- A demonstration in visual form of the signs and symbolism of the Baptism liturgy.
In essence, these sessions are our way of saying that, just as you have welcomed your child into the human family by God’s grace, we begin to welcome your child into the further family of Catholic faith. We promise to offer our prayers and practical assistance as you assume your duties as Christian mothers and fathers.
Saint Peter’s Parish celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism the first and third Sunday afternoons of the month at 1:00 pm in the Church, with a 12:45 arrival time. No more than six children will be scheduled for each Baptism.
A word about parish membership…
…The Christian community welcomes you with great joy. In its name I claim you for Christ our Savior by the sign of His cross.
With these words, the priest or deacon welcomes the child to be baptized. It is obvious, then, that Baptism occurs in the midst of a community of faith. As the Sacrament that “initiates” Christians into the Church, Baptism finds its expression when a Christian lives, works and prays as an active member of the “People of God” (a reference of the Second Vatican Council to the Church). For this reason, Catholics are baptized in the local (i.e. parish) Church in whose territory they reside. Practically, this means being registered in one Church. If you are not already registered members of St. Peter’s parish, we will assist you in registering in the parish at the time of the initial visit.
Normally, Catholics who are registered in a Catholic Church other than St. Peter’s have their children baptized in the Church of registration. For sufficient reasons, however, Baptism may occur here.