The Sacrament of Baptism

“And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Matt 3:16-17

“The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ. 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” (977, 1213 ff.; 1275, 1278).

Source – Catechism of the Catholic Church


Infant baptisms are celebrated during Mass on the 3rd full weekend of each month, with a few exceptions.  Baptisms do not take place during Lent.  Parents are strongly encouraged to make arrangements before the birth of their child.

There is a limit of 2 children per Mass.

Infant Baptism Schedule 2016-2017

Practice in church at 9:30 am on the baptism Saturdays.


October 15-16

November 19-20

December 17-18


January 21-22

February 18-19

March – No baptisms (Ash Wed is Mar 1st)

April – No baptisms (Easter Sunday is Apr 16th)

May 20-21

June 17-18

July 15-16

Parent & Godparent Formation

We have changed our baptism preparation program. Instead of one class for new parents we are now offering a three-week series for all parents and godparents which will allow you to explore more deeply the richness of this sacrament and your roles in nurturing your children’s faith. Each session of the series will include a video and group discussion and will last about an hour.

This is now required for all parents – whether or not this is your first child – as well as godparents living in the greater Grand Rapids area.

This series will be offered four times throughout the year so you will need to plan ahead.

All sessions will take place on Thursday nights, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in Room 1 (school).

Fall 2016  –  Facilitator:   Fr. Jegar

October 13th

Octtober 20th

October 27th

Winter 2017   –  Facilitator:  Fr. Mike

January 5th

January 12th

January 19th

Spring 2017   –  Facilitator:   Fr. Jegar

April 20th

April 27th

May 4th

Summer 2017   –  Facilitator:  Mary Witucki

July 6th

July 13th

July 20th


Contact Mary Witucki to make arrangements: or (616) 724-3128

Parish Policies for Infant Baptism at St. John Vianney

Requirements for Parents:
  1. Parents wishing to celebrate the baptism of their child must be active, registered parishioners of St. John Vianney Parish for at least six months.
  2. Parents are strongly encouraged to make arrangements before the birth of their child.
  3. Contact Mary Witucki by phone or email to set up dates and available times.

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 & 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. John Vianney Parish 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 Mary Witucki.

Please Contact:

Mary Witucki1

Mary Witucki

Director of Worship and Pastoral Care

direct: 616-724-3128