The Sacrament of Baptism celebrates the very essence of our Christian Faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It initiates one into the Body of Christ, the parish faith community. Since the parent's decision to bring their children into the church entails the important responsibility of raising their children in the faith, St. Gregory asks the following in order to ensure that parents have an understanding of the commitment they are undertaking.
The Catholic parents of children to be baptized must be registered and practicing members of St. Gregory the Great Parish for a period of at least 6 months prior to the baptism date. They should worship with the community on a regular basis and exercise responsible stewardship of their time, talent and treasure in witness to Jesus Christ and service to our community.
The process of preparation begins with an initial interview/registration session. Parents then attend a formation session (with the godparents) which explores the faith experience of the parents, the significance of baptism, and the symbols of the rite of baptism. Parents are always encouraged to attend this session before the birth of their child.
Once the formation session is completed, parents select a date for baptism. The last step in the preparation is the rehearsal for baptism, which is held on Saturday mornings the weekend that the baptism is scheduled to be celebrated. There is a stipend of at least $10.00 due at time of rehearsal.
Baptisms are normally celebrated on the second weekend of the month. This schedule may change due to calendar conflicts. Please call Cindy Bremeier, 414-543-8292 ext 213, for the exact dates.