The Sacrament of Baptism

Jesus 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.” (Matt 28: 19)

Baptism, from the Greek word baptisma, means to plunge or immerse in water. Through baptism, our souls are cleansed of sin and are infused with sanctifying grace by which we become reborn as children of God and heirs of heaven.

Each baptized person is a member of the body of Christ and is called to become the love of Christ in action, so that the kingdom of God is made visible on earth.

Godparents are chosen to assist the parents in serving as role models, guides, sources of encouragement and friends of the faith. There can be one or two sponsors for baptism—a godfather, a godmother, or one of each. At least one must be a Catholic, age 16 or older, who has a relationship with the Lord and is an active member of the Church. A godparent of another Christian faith may serve as a witness to the baptism, as long as the other sponsor is a practicing Catholic.

Baptisms at Holy Cross are held following the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, and can be arranged by speaking with the priest or by contacting the office secretary at (614) 224-3416 on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.