A baby’s baptism is a time of celebration
and great joy for the parents and for our parish community!
Baptism is the first Sacrament a child receives and is a
sacred event in which the child becomes an adopted daughter or
son of God. The
child becomes a new creation in Christ and is given the gift of
The following guidelines are intended to
help facilitate a child’s baptism.
We hope parents will find this information helpful.
The first step is for a parent to contact
the Parish Office to register for the Sacrament of Baptism.
Parents will then receive a booklet setting out the
requirements in detail.
Those requirements include the following:
Parents are required to participate in a
baptismal preparation session held at St. Luke before the
baptism of their first child.
It is strongly recommended that parents attend this
session no later than the sixth month of pregnancy.
In the event that God blesses parents with additional
children, parents are required to repeat the baptismal
preparation class if they have not taken a pre-baptismal
preparation class within the prior four years. These
pre-baptismal preparation classes are held about every two
Parents will need to submit Sponsor
Certificates for those chosen to act as Godparents.
The guidelines for Baptismal Sponsors are set forth in
detail in the booklet that parents will receive when they
The actual date for the child’s baptism
will not be set until completion of the pre-baptismal
preparation class and receipt in the Parish Office of the
Two options are provided for the
Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.
A child may be baptized at a regular Saturday Vigil or
Sunday Mass. A
second option is a baptism celebrated outside of the Mass and
these are generally held on the Second and Fourth Sundays of the
month after the 11:30 am Mass.
The Sacrament of Penance and
Saturday, 3 - 4 p.m.
Arrangements must be made with a parish priest, the parish
deacon, or a pastoral associate.
A six-moth preparation period is required by Diocesan policy.
Communion program helps
prepare children for First Communion not by simply informing
them about Eucharist, but rather, by initiating them into the
Body of Christ through the parish’s Sunday Celebration of the
Eucharist at Mass.
The celebration of
the Eucharist forms the heart and source of the parish’s faith
life. All other activities flow from and return to the
community’s sense of itself as a People of God who celebrate
“the death of the Lord until He comes.”
When you, the
parent, help your child prepare for First Communion, you in
fact, are initiating him or her into the life of the Eucharistic
Community of the Church.
As parents, then,
your first task and privilege is to be models of the lived faith
active in love. Children model the faith of the adults who are
important to them, such as attending Mass on Sundays, praying
daily and forgiving.
year will be an opportunity, not only for you to share your own
faith but an opportunity for you to lead and invite your child
to grow in that faith, to grow in deeper relationship
The Gift of
Penance and Reconciliation program has been designed to assist you, the
parent, in preparing your child for this Sacrament. The
Reconciliation is a Sacrament of healing, celebrating the gift of God’s
mercy that heals the sinner and restores them to life with
Christ. Like Baptism, Penance calls for and instills conversion
in the hearts of penitents. Your child’s experience of this
Sacrament for the first time is meant to be one of knowing that
God offers us His Gift of love so we can better love and serve
The preparation for this
Sacrament is carried out first in the home by you, the parent,
through your taking time to help instruct your child by using
the Family Guide. The guide gives ideas and ways in which you
can help your child prepare for this Sacrament. The school will
also work to help your child understand this Sacrament through
their religion classes.
YOUR USE OF “THE GIFT OF
RECONCILIATION FAMILY GUIDE” WITH YOUR CHILD IS DESIGNED FOR
THE FAMILY, LEARNING TIME AND PRAYER TIME.
here to download a letter with dates and information about First
The candidate must
have proof of Baptism from the Church in which this Sacrament
was administered. If this sacrament has been administered
here at St. Luke’s we will check the parish records. The
candidate is asked during the preparation time and in life to do
and have the following:
PERSONAL FAITH AND
PRAYER – showing a growing awareness of God as an important part
of my life.
– an honest desire to keep the commandments and to make daily
decisions according to God’s will.
EUCHARIST – a personal commitment to keep the Lord’s day through
participation in weekly Mass.
MINISTRY – a desire to use my God-given talents to make the
world a better place.
KNOWLEDGE – an understanding of the basics of Catholic
Christianity: a recognition of of my need to continue to learn
my faith throughout my life time.
Our 2015-16 Confirmation date is Saturday, April 16th at
Marriage & Pre-Cana
may contact Deacon John Henderson for more information at
216-521-0184, or Holly & John Zappala at