Each year the Parish of St. Anthony is happy and privileged to welcome over 200 children into our Catholic Christian community through the sacrament of Baptism.
Baptism is a sacrament of initiation, of acceptance, of welcome. Through baptism we recognize the beauty and holiness of all of God’s children, and we welcome the children into God’s family. They become a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. They are called, and indeed are, the children of God.
If you are interested in having your child baptized at St. Anthony’s, we invite you to: • Contact us at the parish center (764-0048) to make an appointment with one of the priests, deacons, or lay staff members for a pre-Baptism interview
• Attend our Parents’ Baptism Class, which is held on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in Room 101 of the parish center. (Godparents are welcome, too.)
• Choose a date for your child’s Baptism on any Sunday at 2 PM, with some exceptions.
Loving God, You have given us the gift of this precious child. Help us to be good parents and to teach, love, honor and care for our child in every way we can. Help us to be mature and responsible parents and to foster faith, growth and responsibility in our child. Help us always to remember, Lord, that our child comes from Your love and the love You have given us as parents. May we always be thankful to You, Lord, for the gift of our precious child. Amen.
Baptism Team Ministry
The Baptism Team Ministry is comprised of parishioners who desire to offer hospitality to families preparing for the baptism their children. It is our way of welcoming new members into our Christian community and rejoicing with their loved ones.
New members are welcome to help with this work. Consider participating by: • Serving as Minister of Hospitality at a Sunday (2PM) Baptism in the church
• Attending a Pre-Baptism class (held on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00PM in Rm.101) to offer coffee, cake and conversation
• Attending a gathering on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 9:30 - 11:30AM in Room 103 to prepare gifts for the babies.
Will you consider joining us in this worthwhile ministry?
PLEASE REMEMBER: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING MENTIONED ABOVE IN ORDER TO JOIN US!
Just think of what suits you in terms of time, talent and interest. And don’t forget—school-aged children are invited to accompany you at the Sunday baptisms to share in this work of hospitality. Any combination of family members (all generations) can come together for this--it can be a real family affair!
For further information please call 516-764-0048, Ext. 2510. Thank you for your interest and your support.