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Baptism






   

We welcome you and your child to this beautiful sacrament!  Baptism is a sign of the sacred, confers grace, is a celebration of Christ's life, and is the beginning of a deep relationship; a vital union with the risen Lord. 
 
St. Andrew´s Catholic Church requires that parents attend one Baptism preparation class prior to the baptism of their child. Baptisms are celebrated either within the weekend Liturgies, or on Sunday at 1PM. Weekend baptisms are done by Father Mark White or Father Matt Kiehl, and the families choose which Mass they want. The baptisms at 1PM are done by Deacon Mark Allison, and are not within the context of a Mass. 

The Baptism Information Form is required, and can either be brought to the preparation session, or filled out while there. Forms must be returned to the Parish Office at least one week prior to the Baptism.

Please return the form to: 

                   St. Andrew's Church
                   631 N. Jefferson St.
                   Roanoke, VA  24016
                   Attn: Kathy Boyer
or fax to 540-344-7879 to the attention of Kathy Boyer.

 

Refer to these LAST MINUTE INSTRUCTIONS for information about your child's Baptism day. 
 

You are kindly asked to SIGN UP in advance for both the preparation session and the baptism weekend, by emailing Kathy Boyer at kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org.  You can also contact us at the Parish Office at 344-9814.  Sometimes space is limited - your prompt attention to this will insure your family being scheduled at the Mass you desire.

 

BAPTISM WEEKENDS FOR 2017:

January 14/15 at all Masses

February 26 at 1 PM

April 22/23 at all Masses

May 14 at 12:45 PM (*please note - this baptism is full. Please choose another date.)

June 11 at 12:45 PM (*please note - this baptism is full. Please choose another date.)

July 22/23 at all Masses

August 27 at 1 PM

October 7/8 at all Masses

November 19 at 1 PM

 

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSIONS FOR 2017:

(All preparation sessions take place in the Youth Room, which is in the lower level of the Parish Center.  Baptism preparation classes last approximately 90 minutes. Please choose a session that fits your schedule.)

Sunday, January 8 at 1 PM (In case of inclement weather, this session will be rescheduled for January 12 at 6 PM)

Saturday, March 11 at 3:30 PM

Monday, May 8 at 7 PM

Tuesday, July 18 at 7 PM

Thursday, September 14 at 7 PM

Sunday, November 12 at 1 PM

 

GODPARENTS

Godparents join the parents in presenting the child for baptism, and help the child to lead a Christian life in harmony with the sacraments. They "must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized child...on the road of Christian life." (CCC 1255) A child needs only one godparent, male or female, or one of each (Code of Canon Law 873). The second godparent may be non-Catholic Christian, but only acts as witness, and only if the primary godparent is Catholic (Code of Canon Law 873§2) meeting the requirements listed below (Code of Canon Law 873§1).

Church law requires that godparents be:

• At least 16 years old

• Fully initiated Catholics (received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist)

• Not bound by any canonical penalty

• Leading lives of faith befitting the role

• Not parents of the child
 

Links:


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Baptism
 
Contacts:


Kathy Boyer kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Phone Number: (540) 344-9814 
Fax Number: (540) 344-7879