Baptism

Baptismal Preparation Class: The first Thursday of the Month | 7:00 PM | The Old Church

We rejoice with you and your family as you look forward to and plan for your child’s Baptism.
Your child is very fortunate that your deep concern for his/her spiritual life moves you to make
these preparations for Baptism. The joy and hope that comes with a relationship with God is the
best gift you can offer your child.
 
The following are the requirements for the Sacrament of Baptism:
 
PARENTS:
Parents must be registered parishioners of Corpus Christi Catholic Church for a minimum of three (3) months prior to scheduling your child’s baptism. You may register at the Parish office or online at https://corpuschristisc.org.

  • Must meet with Father Joseph Romanoski, prior to the baptismal date.
  • Must complete the Information Form for Baptismal Registry.
  • Parents must attend a Baptism class unless they attended one less than two years ago. 
  • Baptisms are held at Corpus Christi Church on the first and third Sundays of every month, at 12:30- PM.

Please call the Parish office for an appointment, at (803) 359-4391.

GODPARENTS

  • Godparents/Sponsor must be Catholic, at least 16 years old and have received the Sacraments of      Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation).
  • Godparents are required to provide a Sponsor Eligibility Form, with the Parish Seal of the Parish where the Godparent is currently registered.
  • Godparents must attend or have attended a baptismal preparation class.  If the godparent is not a Corpus Christi parishioner, they should attend a course at their own home Parish.  A letter is required from the Parish to confirm attendance and good standing.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maria Coller at (803) 359-4391.  Thank you!

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The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

At baptism, the presider prays over the water:

Father, look now with love upon your Church, and unseal for her the fountain of baptism. By the power of the Holy Spirit give to this water the grace of your Son, so that in the sacrament of baptism all those whom you have created in your likeness may be cleansed from sin and rise to a new birth of innocence by water and the Holy Spirit. (Christian Initiation of Adults, #222A)

Freed from Sin

Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Today, the sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

The Catechism teaches:
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (CCC 1279).

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).

 

Parents wishing to have their child baptized, please contact Guillermo Ramis, at the Parish Office at 359-4391, Baptismal Preparation is held on the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Church. Godparents are required to attend. PLEASE NOTE: You must be registered and actively attending Mass in the parish for at least three months before requesting the Sacrament. Please see details at www.corpuschristisc.org

Note: Baptisms will be scheduled after the class is complete.


Para los Católicos, el Sacramento del Bautismo es el primer paso en un viaje de por vida de compromiso y discipulado.   Si somos bautizados como infantes o adultos, el Bautismo es la forma de celebrar y promulgar el abrazo de Dios por intermedio de la Iglesia.


Padres que desean bautizar a su hijo(a), Por favor ponerse en contacto con Guillermo Ramis, teléfono (803) 359-4391. La clase de preparación de bautismo es el primer jueves del mes a las 7:00 pm, donde era la primera iglesia de la parroquia. Los padres y los padrinos necesitan atender. Los bautismos se programarán después de completar la clase.

 

Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. (John 3:5)

 

 

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