The Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating God’s grace and church membership.
At. St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, parents must be parishioners and attend a Baptism Preparation Class with their sponsors unless excused. These sessions are held the third Wednesday of the month. The class is designed to give parents a firm understanding of Baptism and the meaning of the Baptism ritual (words, gestures and sacramentals, etc.).
St. Anthony requires two Godparents, one of which must be Catholic. Godparents that are not parishioners of St. Anthony’s must provide a letter of good standing from their own parish. After parents have attended the Baptism Preparation Class, they can call the church office (864.233.7717 ext. 5) to schedule the Baptism.
Baptism of adults is handled through participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) or by special arrangement with the pastor or deacons. The faithful in this ministry help to gradually introduce adults and older children to the Roman Catholic Faith and way of life. The faithful sponsor an interested person and journey with them through different stages leading to full initiation (receiving the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist). This ministry welcomes non-Catholics or returning Catholics, and takes them through conversion, aided by those who are already faithful Catholics.
For more information, contact Steve Olson or Phil Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.967-4263.