Baptism

Baptism welcomes us into a life of following Jesus Christ. Baptism washes away our sins, incorporates us into the Church, and makes us members of the Body of Christ. Babies should be baptized within the first few weeks after birth; however, all who are willing are welcome at any age.


Infants:

Baptisms occur once a month on a Saturday at 10 a.m. Refer to our 2021 Baptism Schedule for dates. There is a $100 registration fee for baptisms and baptism class.Both parents and both godparents are required to attend a baptism preparation class. All Baptism classes are held in person the Monday before the baptism from 7-9 p.m. at the parish lounge. You can view the Baptism Preparation Class Schedule for dates (Dates are subject to change, dates updated as of 9/1/2021). It is not required that you attend the class at St. Hedwig, but if you attend the class at another parish, please send us the certificate that the parish issued you. (We will honor classes taken up to two years ago, provided you have the certificate).

   There is a $25 registration fee for parties from other parishes who want to attend our baptism classes. Please fill out the Baptism Preparation Class Registration Form and return it to us if your child or godchild will be baptized at another parish, but you want to attend our preparation class. Please send your registration form and payment at least one week prior to the baptism classes. At the end of the class, we will issue you a certificate that you can submit to the parish where the baptism will be held. Please be mindful of the requirements for parents, godparents, and Christian witnesses. If parents are parishioners of another church, they will need a permission letter from their pastor in order for their child to be baptized at St. Hedwig.

   To schedule a baptism for infants and for children 6 years old and younger, return the completed Baptism Registration Form to the parish office at least a month before the desired baptism date. We will need a copy of your child's birth certificate (or adoption papers, if applicable) and the registration fee. Baptism dates will not be confirmed until registration and class confirmation have been processed.

First Communion

The Holy Eucharist (Communion) is the sacrament in which we receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

It is the memorial of Christ’s Passover, the work of salvation accomplished by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, a work made present by the liturgical action.


Some reminders about receiving Holy Communion at Mass:

Fast for one hour before receiving – no food or drink except water or medicine.

Be in the state of grace (free from mortal sin) before receiving.

Receive Holy Communion at least once each year during the Easter season.

Receive no more than twice per day, the second reception must be at a Mass.

Make a bow or genuflection to Jesus BEFORE coming face to face with the priest, (our Lord still sees you).

Do not pause at the first pew to decide which line to choose. Keep the lines moving.

To receive in the hand, hold your hands out flat, one above the other, with palms facing up, then take one step to the side and consume the host in the minister’s presence, otherwise the priest may call you back.

To receive on the tongue, keep your head level, open your mouth and hold your tongue out, resting it on your lower lip. The goal is to provide a stable horizontal surface for our Lord to rest on. Holding your tongue out too far does not provide a horizontal surface, but rather a round or vertical one.

If kneeling, you must be able to do so without losing your balance or distracting others.

When receiving, do not move toward the host or try to take it. Be still and passively receive the host.

After the minister says “the Body of Christ” reply “Amen” which means “I believe.”

After receiving, direct your attention to Jesus within you, rather than his presence in the distant tabernacle.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying-on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop is the usual minister of the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the confession of faith and to impress an indelible character.


To inquire about the Sacrament of Confirmation for:

Teens click here, and for adults click here.

Those who are looking to enter the Catholic Church as an adult click here.