St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Sacrament of Baptism

What is Baptism 

It is the responsibility of parents to have their child baptized shortly after birth.

A soul is created in state of spiritual darkness referred to as original sin. The Sacrament of Baptism removes the spiritual darkness of the soul (removes original sin) by infusing the soul with a share in the divine life of God called sanctifying grace. The child is also spiritually and permanently marked as a child of God, united to the Mystical Body of Christ and received into the Catholic Church.   Baptism is the greatest gift a parent can give to their child.

Scheduling the Baptism

  • Call the parish office (785-726-4522) to schedule the Baptism with the pastor.

  • If this is your first child, a short class of instruction on the Sacrament of Baptism will be required (~1hour).   This will be scheduled with the pastor.

  • You can download and fill out the form via the link below, or provide the information to the parish secretary when you call to schedule the Baptism 

Baptismal Registration Form

Requirements for Godparents 

  • One godparent, male or female, is sufficient, but there may be two, one of each sex (Can. 873).

  • A  godparent must be at least sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause; a Catholic godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic in good standings with the Church (Can. 874.1).  A person who is not Catholic, but who has been validly baptized in a Christian Church, can act as a Christian witness for the child  (Can. 874.2).

pdf Overview of the Sacraments (1.27 MB)

pdf Overview of the Sacrament of Baptism (886 KB)