The Sacrament of Baptism: Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the Christian Faith Community.  Basically it means becoming a part of Christ’s Body, The Church.  The Church is the community of people who desire to be identified with Jesus and seek the assurance of God’s love and acceptance.  We are learning to live as followers of Jesus in our time and place. At what age should Baptism take place? Primarily, baptism is for those who are sufficiently mature to desire active membership in the Christian community.  Parents who are members of the Christian community desire to bring their children up as followers of Jesus too. Therefore, Babies and children are welcome to receive Baptism.  Parents make promises on behalf of their children and bring them into the community of faith through the Sacrament of Baptism. Who may be God-Parents (Sponsors?) Godparents/Sponsors must be baptised Christians who regularly worship in a parish church. Should I (we) attend church on a regular basis? If an adult candidate, or the parent/s of a child are unable to make the commitment of the Baptismal Promises and Covenant, it is suggested that the baptism be deferred until such times as a commitment can be made.  Participation in the worship, education and fellowship of the Church and modelling the faith in daily life is a requirement of baptism. Is there preparation time? There will normally be two sessions of preparation including a rehearsal for the service. The parent/s are expected to attend.  Godparents/Sponsors are encouraged to attend if possible. The dates will be confirmed at the time of registration. As a sign of our baptismal ministry, we the parish covenant with you who are seeking baptism to give you the opportunity through scripture, tradition, reason and experience to explore the history of baptism, your own faith journey and the idea of covenant relationship. Baptism at St. Margaret in-the-Pines is a public rite and is celebrated at the 10:00 a.m. service on major feast days:
  • The Baptism of Our Lord
  • Easter Vigil
  • The Second Sunday of Easter
  • The Day of Pentecost
  • All Saints
For more information, please contact the church office at: (416) 284-4121 or complete and return to the church office, the baptismal form that is located at the back of the church or here:  Baptismal Form 2015