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Infant Baptism

We rejoice with you as you welcome your new child into your home and heart!  Baptism is the first step in living a life of faith in Christ.  Here at St. John and St. Kilian we are excited to take that first step with your family! 

Baptisms are celebrated during weekend liturgies.  During the COVID-19 crisis, baptisms are taking place after the 6:30 pm Mass at St. John and after the 11:15 am Mass at St. Kilian.   If this is your first child, we require that parents attend a baptismal preparation session.  Please contact the Parish Office to register.  Contact Joni Volkert at 262-673-4831 ext. 7403 or parishoffice@stkiliancong.org

We ask that you provide:

  • A copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Confirmation information for the sponsor or godparents* (certificate or name, city of the parish, year, and maiden name, if applicable, where Confirmation was celebrated). 
  • Bring, or mail to parish office, a completed parish baptismal form.

*The sponsor or at least one godparent (the godfather or godmother) must be an active practicing Catholic who is at least 16 years of age and confirmed in the Catholic Church. The Catholic sponsor must be Confirmed.  Choosing a sponsor or godparents

 

Pope Francis on Baptism: “The cry of a child is God's voice.  Truly, never, never chase them out of the church!”  Read the full (and short) article here.

 

Bring your child(ren) to Mass!  This is the ONLY way to learn to love our faith and to grow in the Body of Christ. 

 

How to Take Young Children to Mass, Josh and Stacey Noem — foryourmarriage.org

Avoiding Mass Hysteria, Elizabeth A. Ficocelli — America Magazine

 

You are the most important person, for at least the first number of years of your child’s life, in how they will understand their life as a follower, a believer of Jesus Christ.  You will also be the most important person in your child living their faith and responding as an active member of the Catholic Church.  When your child is baptized your child becomes a Christian, but as the years unfold, your child also becomes more and more of a Christian because of the role models they have and the life of the family that envelopes and surrounds her/him.  What a challenge that is.  But also what a privileged responsibility!  Our first – and usually our most important – experiences of understanding who and what God is, happens within the family.  Family life is indeed holy.  Family life is indeed sacred.  The family is indeed where God is.

Families don’t need to have a specific type of thought or understanding where they strive to “put” or “place” God into their lives, and daily routines.  God is already there!  It is not our own work that we do in order that God will love us totally and unconditionally.  God is already there; we just need to take the time to become more aware of God’s presence in our daily lives.  Unfortunately, that is often hard to do because we are living such busy lives.  This is what we need to do – to slow down, so we may become aware that God is truly a part of every single family.

Your child(ren) learn by watching you and your actions!

 

Praying With Our Kids — From Catholic Digest.  This is a great article that offers suggestions on how to develop and continue to grow in prayer as families and for parents to help their children develop their own prayer lives.   

Prayer Tips For You and Your Kids — From Catholicmom.com.

 

To turn in paperwork, inquire about baptismal preparation, and to schedule a baptism, please contact the St. Kilian parish office at 262-673-4831 ext. 7403.

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