Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." CCC 1213
The following information explains how Baptisms are prepared for and conducted at the St. Augustine & St. Joseph Cluster.
Parents and Godparents
It is required that one parent is a baptised Catholic.
The church allows only two (2) Godparents who take part in the Baptismal Ceremony. Their names will be written in the Church register and on the Baptismal Certificate. Both Godparents must be baptised, and Canon Law requires that at least one Godparent to be over 16 years of age and fully initiated as a Catholic (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation).
A letter of good standing is required for Godparents who are not registered in our cluster. Letters are requested by the Godparent from their home parish and can be sent to: St. Augustine Church, P O Box 93, Minster, OH 45865.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati requires families to undergo Baptism preparation prior to Baptism.
It is important that both parents and Godparents are aware of the importance and responsibility that comes from Baptism. It is optional to participate in a preparation session even if you have had other children baptised because the Baptism of each child is important. The short session helps to renew the understanding of the meaning and value of Baptism, and to help the family in a practical way to participate more freely in the ceremony. If possible, both parents should attend the preparation session, and Godparents if available.
Families living outside our parish who cannot attend a Baptism Preparation Session at in our community will need to contact their local parish office and arrange a Baptism Preparation Session within their own parish. You will need to send a certificate of completion prior to scheduling baptism.
Baptismal Preparation is offered on the third Tuesday of every month. Please register no later than the Monday before class. All classes are held at the Parish Center, 89 N Lincoln St, Minster at 7:30 pm.
Baptism is offered at St. Augustine on Saturdays after the 5:00 pm Mass and 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month at 1:00 pm. To schedule baptism fill out the form below and St. Augustine staff will contact you to confirm date.