Ss. Michael, Mary, Brendan
Area Faith Community
Church of St. Michael (Gaylord), Church of St. Mary (Arlington), Church of St. Brendan (Green Isle)
Church of St. Brendan
221 McGrann Avenue
P. O. Box 85
Green Isle, MN  55338

Office:                             507.326.1234
Fax:                                507.326.1234
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Most recent COVID Update - No RSVP required for weekend Masses but face masks are required.
The Sacrament of Baptism
Ss. Michael, Mary, and Brendan
Area Faith Community
The Signs

Sign of the Cross:

The sign of the cross is the mark of Christians because Jesus Christ died on the cross. Parents and godparents trace it on the child’s forehead to show that the baby belongs to Christ, who will love and protect him/her.


This is for cleansing and is a sign that our sins are washed away. Baptism cleanses us of original sin with which we are all born. Water is also necessary for life and so is a sign, too, that the life of the risen Christ is ours.


The oil is the sign of sealing with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The profession of faith which you make on behalf of your child at baptism will later be confirmed personally by your child in the sacrament of Confirmation when the oil of chrism will be used again.  

White Garment:

This garment is placed over the baby as a symbol of innocence and the new life of resurrection.


The candle symbolizes Christ—the Light of the World. The baptismal candle is lit from the paschal candle, which stands near the altar at Easter as a sign of the risen Christ. The baptismal candle reminds us that the light of Christ has entered the child’s life; and its flame symbolizes the flame of faith which will burn through the life or your child.

​Baptism is the birth of your child into the Christian Community. The very fact that you have asked to have your baby baptized shows that you as parents recognize the importance of God in your life and your desire to share the life of Christ with your child.  

Your baby’s baptism is only the beginning of a new life in which you will grow closer to one another in the family and closer to God. The Church welcomes your child with love and prayers for the future peace and happiness of your family in years to come. Click on tabs below . . .  

Holden, son of Kristin and Matt Graham, is baptized by
Fr. Aaron at the Church of St. Mary on May 6, 2018.
Holden Graham,
son of Kristin and Matt Graham,
May 6, 2018.