Baptism
"Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching tehm to obeserve all that I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)


Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and make us his children. It it through this sacrament that we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptism becomes our commitment to grow ih this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.
Parents
Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible.  In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place. Parents need to find good practicing Catholics for godparents. Sadly, this task can be very difficult in today's world. The best place is to look for relatives, even grandparents, who have a blood relationship with the godchild and have kept the faith over the years. Good friends are also appropriate, but sometimes friendships wane, leaving the godchild without an active godparent. Godparents should be faithful individuals who are ready to accept the responsibility of being a part of a godchild's life for the rest of his life.

Parents wishing to have their children baptized at St. Augustine Parish are encourage to make an appointment with Denise Kriscunas in the Parish Office 407-695-3262 or email: ff@saintaugustinecc.org.

Please Note: Parents must be registered and participating  (active members) of our Parish for  at least three (3) months, prior the beginning baptismal preparation. If you have transferred to St. Augustine from another parish, we will accept a letter from your previous parish stating that you were registered and active at that parish.

Baptismal Preparation Information Brochure
Panfleto de Información de Preparación Bautismal

Requirements and Documents Needed
  • A copy of your child's birth certificate.
  • Parents and godparent(s) must attend a baptismal preparation class.
  • Sponsorhip eligibility forms signed by godparent(s). You only need one godparent. If you want two godparents there must be one of each gender.
  • If you are registered in another Catholic parish, you must provide a letter from your Pastor giving his permission for the baptism to take place at St. Augustine.
  • If you are not registered in any Catholic parish, live in Casselberry, and are attending Mass at St. Augustine, then you should register at our parish.

Godparents
Godparents play a vital role in the faith of a child.  A godparent is a fully initiated Catholic who is in good standing with the church and is over the age of 16.  The godparent(s) represents the Catholic Church at Baptism and serves as a role model throughout the child’s life by living a fully Christian life. 

After the baptism, the godparent's role really begins! Ideally, a godparent will continue to prayer for their godchild; keep in touch with them and their family; give a present or a card at the baptism anniversary and each sacramental milestone in the life of the godchild; lead the child by their example towards a Christian way of life; be supportive of the godchild’s parents in their role as Christian parents and primary educators of their child.  
 
Articles
How should I select Godparents for my Child?
25 Ways to Be a Great Long-Distance Godparent

Helpful Links
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  1. Baptism (why we baptize)
  2. Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Baptism
  3. Role of Godparents