BAPTISM PREPARATION INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES:
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1. REGISTER IN THE PARISH: Parents of the child to be baptized must be registered and active, contributing members of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish for at least three (3) months prior to initiating the process for baptism. An active member is one who becomes involved by favoring the parish with their prayers, regular mass attendance and active participation in parish activities, and shares their talents and financial assistance according to their means. If you are a registered member of another parish and are choosing to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Robert Bellarmine, you must obtain a letter from your parish stating that you are an active registered member, and your Pastor grants permission for Fr. Groner to conduct the baptism at St. Robert Bellarmine.
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If you are not already registered at St. Robert Bellarmine, you may do so by coming to the parish office in the Fellowship Hall and filling out a Registration For Membership form.
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2. CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE: The parent(s) of the child should contact the Parish office at 573-336-3662 to register for a baptism preparation class with Fr. Groner. Classes are normally scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 3:00p.m.
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3. PREPARATION SESSION: To ensure that parents are aware of the meaning of baptism in their children's life and the commitments they are making to raise their children in their religion, they are required to participate in a baptism class. Godparents, while not required to participate, are welcome. Parents are required to register in advance, and may participate in this class before their baby is born. Prior participation in a baptismal class may be considered as fulfilling this requirement.
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4. SELECTING GODPARENTS: The Godparent or sponsor for your child has a role to assist you in passing on the faith. Therefore, parents should select someone who will take the role seriously and be a good role model for the child. Godparents, one male and one female, must be at least sixteen years old, already confirmed, and a practicing Catholic. A baptized non-Catholic Christian, who is at least sixteen years old and practicing their faith, may be chosen as a Christian witness for your child. If you decide to choose a witness who is not a practicing Catholic, please talk with Fr. John first. Both the sponsors (and/or witness) need to be committed to assisting the parents in their Catholic duty by example, support, encouragement and prayer.
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5. SCHEDULING THE BAPTISM: After completion of the preparation session, the baptism may be scheduled with Fr. Groner, by calling the rectory at 573-336-3662. Baptism may be celebrated during Mass or, if desired, after Mass. Baptisms are conducted as a communal celebration when possible. 

WEDDING PREPARATION INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES:
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1. REGISTER IN THE PARISH: At least one individual of the couple must be catholic and a registered, active, contributing member of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish for at least three (3) months prior to initiating the process for matrimony. An active member is one who becomes involved by favoring the parish with their prayers, regular mass attendance and active participation in parish activities, and shares their talents and financial assistance according to their means. If neither party is a registered member of St. Robert Bellarmine and you wish to be married here, please contact Fr. Groner, 573-336-3662 for information.
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2. REQUIREMENTS: Both individuals must be "free" to marry. Neither can be currently married to another party. If either of the parties intending to marry has been a part of a previous civil or religious marital union, no date can be set for a future wedding until the previous bond has been set aside through a process conducted by the Matrimonial Tribunal. This process, ofter times referred to as the "annulment process" can take more than one year by itself. Please let Fr. Groner know in the very first meeting if any previous marital bonds exist.
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3. PREPARATIONS: The couple must attend six (6) sessions with Fr. Groner in preparation for the marriage. Marriage preparation will include completing a relationship assessment instrument, e.g. FOCCUS, which assesses the couple's communication skills in varying areas of their relationship, as well as surfacing attitudes about marriage and the Christian faith. The results of the assessment are discussed with the couple.
Couples are encouraged to attend an "Engaged Encounter" at the Diocese...for information please go to http://www.diojeffcity.org/Ministries/Communities/FamilyLife/EngagedEncounter.html.
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4. SCHEDULING: Upon completion of preparations with Fr. Groner, the date of marriage and details of the ceremony itself will be discussed.

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