Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. The rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water, or pouring water on the head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (CCC 977, 1278).

To have your child baptized at St. James, Our Lady of the Assumption, or St. John the Baptist:

Contact  Kristin Schaub by calling (231) 893-3085 or by email here.

After a meeting with Kristin, the necessary paperwork will be completed and the date of the baptism will be set.

Be prepared to answer the following questions before the date of baptism will be set.

  1. Why are infants baptized?
  2. What are the effects of baptism?
  3. In the rite of baptism, what do the parents provide on behalf of the child?
  4. What responsibilities are the parents accepting at baptism?
  5. What are the five precepts of the Church?
  6. Do you solemnly promise to adhere to the five precepts of the Church?

Requirements for Godparents:

  1. Godparents must be at least 16 years old.
  2. If there is only one godparent, he or she must be a Catholic.
  3. If there are two godparents, there must be one male and one female.  At least one must be a Catholic.  The other may be a non-Catholic sponsor as long as he or she is a baptized Christian.
  4. Any Catholic who serves as a godparent must be confirmed.
  5. Any person who serves as a godparent or sponsor should be actively practicing their faith.
  6. Catholic godparents who are not members of St. James, Our Lady of the Assumption, or St. John the Baptist parishes must submit proof that they are active members of a parish and are suitable for the role of godparent.  They must ask their pastor to send written verification to the St. James Parish office.