The Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Church community. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
Baptism, like all the sacraments of the Church, is a gift from God. In Baptism we use water which is a universal symbol. Water is absolutely essential for all life. Water cleanses and restores. It is the waters of Baptism which give us new life. In accordance, through Baptism we also die to our old sinful selves in order to be restored and resurrected in the new life of Christ.
“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.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279
Registered parishioners are encouraged to have their children baptized at St. Joseph’s. Non-Parishioners are invited to register as Parishioners. Baptisms take place on Saturday mornings or on Sundays after the 11 a.m. Mass.
In preparing for your child’s baptism:
Parents must be active, registered parishioners at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Parents and godparents are required to attend the Pre-Baptismal Program prior to the ceremony. Call the Parish Office to register. If the godparent is from out of town, we would appreciate if he or she would attend a class at one’s local parish and send us a letter of good standing to that effect.
Some useful hints:
Choosing Godparents: There are two godparents only, who should be chosen based on one’s ability to help you raise your child in the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church. Godparents are active, registered parishioners of their parish; they must be both baptized Christians and Catholic.
For older children age 7 and up seeking baptism:
RCIA (adapted for older children) requires participation in Family and Children’s Faith Formation (FCFF) or Youth Ministry. Additional baptismal preparation sessions for children candidates and parents will be scheduled accordingly. Contact the Director for Religious Education at the Parish Office.
For adults age 18 and up seeking baptism:
Please see the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.
Planning to get married? Congratulations! We rejoice with you! We hope you will use this special time to deepen your relationship with God and with each other. A wedding is only for a day; a marriage is for a lifetime. Some people wish to marry at St. Joseph’s; others wish to be married elsewhere. Some mixed-religion couples wish to be married by a different minister rather than a Catholic priest or deacon, but want their marriage recognized by the Church. Whatever your circumstances, we wish to be of service.
Marriage requires preparation. The policy in the Diocese of Syracuse requires a minimum six-month preparation period. We can best serve you at St. Joseph’s, if:
Do you plan to marry at another parish?
We will prepare your required paperwork here and send it to the parish where you will be married. Unless stated otherwise, we expect you to attend pre-Cana here as well as preparation meetings with the pastor or deacon. Talk to the priest or deacon assigned about what arrangements can be made.
What are the steps?
What paperwork is required?
Paperwork is always required! Please get the paperwork as soon as possible. Don’t delay to the end.
Sacrament of Sick or Visit:
Please notify us by calling the Parish Office (748-0442) when a parishioner is hospitalized, or when someone is confined at home because of illness, handicapped or age.
Anointing of the sick:
This sacrament is for the elderly, the seriously ill, or those scheduled for surgery. The rite of Anointing of the Sick is offered by special appointment with one of our parish priests. Contact the parish office at (607) 748-0442.
The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick in the Catholic Church.
“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15).
The sacrament of Anointing of the Sick has as its purpose the conferral of a special grace on the Christian experiencing the difficulties inherent in the condition of grave illness or old age. The proper time for receiving this holy anointing has certainly arrived when the believer begins to be in danger of death because of illness or old age. Each time a Christian falls seriously ill, he may receive the Anointing of the Sick, and also when, after he has received it, the illness worsens.
The special grace of the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick has as its effects: