Congratulations on this next step in your life! We are happy to be a part of your faith journey and to welcome your child into our community. To help you prepare for this important decision we’ve prepared these resources for you.
Where do we start?
One of the first things the minister of baptism will ask you is, “What do you ask of God’s Church?” You will reply, “baptism.” Then the minister will address you in these words: “You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?”
We want to help you make sure you can answer a resounding “yes” to that question. To help, we regularly gather parents together for a time of preparation before we set a date for the baptism. You’ll find more information about the baptism preparation class below.
If you read that and said, “I’m not sure if I’m ready to commit to this,” that’s ok! We are committed to walking with you until you are ready. In fact, you might be interested in our Alpha Course as a next step. We know that everyone is at a different place in their relationship with Christ and we want to walk with you in taking the next step, whatever that looks like for you.
Baptism Preparation Class
Our baptism preparation class happens on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and both parents are required to attend. You are more than welcome to take the class before your child is born or to take your infant with you to the sessions. The first step to registering is to fill out our registration form and send it in or bring it to our office.
What About Godparents?
A godparent (also called a “sponsor”) “together with the parents presents an infant for baptism. A sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it” (Canon 872). Trying to figure out who you want to choose as the Godparent(s) of your child? Here are a few things to keep in mind. Godparents must
- be at least 16 years old,
- be a Catholic who has received all three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion),
- leads a life of faith in keeping with the role of Godparent,
- if there are two, one must be male and the other female.
Godparents must be comfortable filling out and signing the Godparent form.
Also, check out this great video on Godparents for more information: watch video.
What is a Christian Witness and What is His or Her Responsibility?
A Christian Witness is a baptized person close to the family of the child to be baptized and who promises to help the parents raise their child in the Catholic faith by offering a good witness to Christian life. Sometimes a Christian Witness may take the place of one of the Godparents (but never both). A Christian Witness must be comfortable filling out and signing the Christian Witness form.