“Let the Children Come”
Baptism welcomes your child as a member of our faith-filled Catholic family. Our relationship with God begins in the waters of Baptism. It is the cornerstone of our Catholic faith. As parents, we support, nurture, and help grow our children’s relationship with God. God’s promise of heaven is declared in Baptism. By continually bringing our children to the Table of the Lord and showing them a Christ-centered life, we begin that faith-filled journey to heaven.
Saint Ambrose offers Baptism classes every other month. Parents are required to attend the class before their first child is baptized.
Godparents are an essential part of your child’s faith. We encourage them to attend the class with you. Godparents should be people who are good, patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic witnesses of the Catholic faith to help support you and your child in their faith journey. One parent must be a practicing Catholic and a registered parishioner of Saint Ambrose.
Please contact the Religious Education Office at 330-460-7300 for more information on the Sacrament of Baptism and baptismal preparation classes.
- Godparents should be good, patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic witnesses of the Catholic faith. They should take an active role in the child’s growth in faith, and build a loving, trust-filled relationship with their godchild.
- Godparents are selected by the parents of the child to be baptized.
- Godparents must be 16 years of age.
- One godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. If the godparent is married, it must be a valid marriage in the Catholic Church. Other non-Catholic Christians may serve as a Christian Witness for the baptism, provided a Catholic godparent is chosen for that child as well.
- Godparents may not be the child’s mother or father.
- Godparents are welcomed and encouraged to accompany parents at the baptism class.
- During the ceremony, Godparents are asked to make promises of faith along with the parents. For example, the godmother will present the white garment, and the godfather will light the baptismal candle.