Baptism is the first of the sacraments of initiation and marks the beginning of the entire Christian life. The sacrament is celebrated by the Church at the command of Jesus, who said to the Apostles, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church points to Holy Baptism as 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 and daughters 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 and in the word.”
To request and schedule Baptism for your child at the Saint Andrew Catholic Chruch, use these two links, print and complete the following Baptism information form and Sponsor/godparent form. Return both forms to the parish office, attention Tracy Schroedl, address: 566 4th St NW Elk River, MN 55330. For copies of the forms or for more information about Baptism preparation, contact the parish secretary Tracy Schroedl at 763-441-1483 x301. Baptism's are normally held after the 5:00 PM Saturday Mass. Arrangements can be made with agreement of Fr. Mark for afternoon times Tuesday - Friday when necessary. The eduational materials below are provided to prepare both the parents and godparent(s)/sponsor(s) prior to the Sacrament.
How to prepare for Sacrament of Baptism: The church desires that all individuals and families have opportunities to understand the plan of salvation God offers to each of us in this life. In the sacrament of Baptism, the church desires to aid parents as they prepare for their responsibilities and those godparents/sponsors in their role assisting the parents of the newly baptized to grow in a life of faith in Jesus Christ. The following educational materials are therefore provided to aid in this journey. Saint Andrew Church, under licensure of their FORMED.Org subscription, Augustine Institute - all rights reserved provides the following below. For licensure information, please contact the parish office at (763) 441-1483.
Next Steps: After receiving the video password (contact Randy Bayerl, (763) 441-1483), use the guide for each session and watch each of the coresponding videos. Fr. Mark Innocenti ([email protected], or call 763-441-1483) is available should you have any questions. Godparents/Sponsors are highly encouraged to also review the materials below. Please complete sessions 1 - 3 and the Gift of Godparents prior to the baptism.
PREVIEW - TRAILER on REBORN:
REBORN - Participant's Guide - Introduction [PDF]
REBORN - Session 2 Entering the Mystery
Session 2 Video (Use password for access.)
Guide-2 REBORN Baptism, The Rite Explained (Entering the Mystery) [PDF]
REBORN - The Gift of Godparents
Video Session on "The Gift of Godparents" (Use password for access.)
REBORN - The Mission of Love 7 Keys to Catholic Parenting
Video Session on "The Mission of Love" (Use password for access.)
Sacrament of Baptism - Catechism of the Catholic Church [PDF]
Sponsor/godparent form to complete and submit: Church guidlines as to who can participate as a sponsor or godparent.
Sponsor selection and responsibilities and affidavit form
The videos above require a password for access. Please contact Randy Bayerl, (763) 441-1483, or email [email protected] for access information. The materials are also found our your parish provided FORMED.ORG account, see parish web page for more details.