The Seven Sacraments
Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law:
Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony.
New Life in Christ
Baptism is the foundation for a life in Christ. It’s a door to the other sacraments. It frees us from sin and gives us new birth as sons and daughters of God. Through Baptism, we become members of Christ; we are incorporated into the Church, and we share in her mission.
Baptism (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Children Younger than 7
Parents who are registered and active COK parishioners (minimum of 3 months) may contact Sharon Willi, Director of Christian Formation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-971-8083 to request the Sacrament of Baptism for their child.
Adults and Older Children
Candidates for Baptism who are 7 or older should contact Brian Justice, email@example.com.
For candidates who are infants or young children, parents and sponsors are required to attend a preparation session.
For candidates who are 7 or older, sacramental preparation involves participation in the RCIA process.
Infants and small children are baptized on the first 3 Sundays of the month, following Noon Mass. No more than 3 children may be baptized on a given Sunday.
Candidates who are 7 or older are typically baptized during the Easter Vigil.
A sponsor (godfather or godmother) helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life and fulfill faithfully his/her baptismal obligations.
The sponsor can be male or female; if there are two sponsors, one is male, and one is female.
The sponsor must be:
16 years of age or older
a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on
free of canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared
not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized
The sponsor must provide sponsor certificates from his/her home parish. He/she must attend a baptism class.
If one godparent is a validly baptized Christian who belongs to a non-Catholic church, he/she may participate as a witness of baptism, provided there is also a valid sponsor who meets the above requirements. A non-Catholic witness must present a letter of active member verification from his/her Christian church.
For more information please email Ms. Sharon Willi, Director of Christian Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843-971-8083.