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How Baptism happens – three easy steps

  1. Schedule Your Initial Contact
    Click Register Now above to start the process! Before scheduling your initial visit, please read through the FAQs on Baptism so you know what to expect and what questions to ask during your initial visit.

  2. Complete online REBORN education (First child only)
    The online REBORN Baptism series is offered through FORMED can easily be accessed by signing-up on their site and following the instructions provided. Login to FORMED. (Enter 49601, then select All Saints when signing up.) REBORN consists of three sessions (video with follow-up questions). The series can be completed any time, but all three sessions must be completed before the baptismal meeting with the priest. The best way to complete each session is for parents to watch together and invest some time discussing it. Be sure to write down any questions you may have and bring them to your meeting with the priest.

  3. Meet with a Priest (First child only) 
    After viewing the online series, we ask that you contact our Parish Office at 231-775-2471 to schedule a meeting with one of our priests.

What can I expect from Baptism Preparation at St. Ann Catholic Parish?

What dates can you schedule a Baptism?

Baptisms can take place during the 4 p.m. Saturday Mass, 8:30, 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass, or after the last Mass on either day.

Role of Catholic Godparents

Whenever a person is baptized, as an infant, as a child, or as an adult, there should be at least one person present to act as a sponsor for the one being baptized, according to the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 15. The sponsor, commonly referred to as one's godmother or godfather, accepts the responsibility of helping the person grow in the Catholic faith. One who acts as a sponsor for an infant or child agrees to help parents teach their child about the faith and how to live as a practicing Catholic.

Qualifications for Godparents/Sponsors

  1. Sponsors can be only one godfather or one godmother, or one of each (Canon 873).

  2. Sponsors help the baptized person, together with the parents, lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it. (Canon 872). The sponsor’s role should be a mature Catholic who will establish a lifelong faith relationship and be willing to walk with the child in their faith journey. In short a sponsor should act as Catholic role model for the child.

  3. Sponsors must be a Catholic who is at least 16 years old (Canon 874,§1, 2°) and has received already the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life in harmony with the faith in keeping with the role to be undertaken (Canon 874, §1,3°) and is not bound by any canonical penalty (Canon 874, §1, 4°)

    1. That is to say he or she ought to be a practicing Catholic who attends Mass regularly, participates in the sacramental life of the Church, and is part of the life of a Catholic parish community.

    2. If the Godparent is married, the marriage must be a valid and recognized marriage in the Catholic Church.

  4. Sponsors cannot be the father or mother of the one to be baptized(Canon 874, §1, 5°).​

  5. Only with a Catholic Godparent can a baptized, non-Catholic person serve as a Christian witness of the baptism (Canon 874, §2).

  6. A Catholic who lacks the requirements to be a Godparent or a Catholic who is now practicing a non-Catholic faith cannot serve as a Christian witness.

  7. For a Catholic Godparent who is not a parishioner of the All Saints Catholic Community (St. Ann, St. Stephen, St. Theresa and St.Edward) a letter from the potential Godparent’s pastor is required. It is called a ‘Letter of Good Standing.’ The Godparent asks his/her pastor for a letter stating that he/she meets all the qualifications for the role of a Catholic Godparent/Sponsor.


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