SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The Catholic Church celebrates Baptism in two different ways. One, the Rite of Baptism for Children, is for newborn infants and for children who have not yet reached the age of discernment, or catechetical age (around age seven). Newborn infants should generally be baptized within the first few months after birth.
If your child is of catechetical age (around age seven), he or she should celebrate Baptism as part of the other form of Catholic Baptism, Christian Initiation of Children. This process provides a period of age-appropriate religious education giving the child a basic understanding of the Catholic faith. Children celebrate the sacrament of Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist at this time.
Times of Baptism Although Baptism may be celebrated on any day, the Church's liturgy recommends that ordinarily it be celebrated on a Sunday. The Baptism can take place within the celebration of Sunday Liturgy at any scheduled weekend Mass, Saturday night or Sunday, otherwise baptisms can only be scheduled after the 12:00 Noon Mass on select dates (please see the weekly bulletin for current dates).
Baptism Preparation Class are required. See the bulletin for more informatin.
Requirements For Godparents
Godparents must be at least 16 years old. Only one godparent is required and he or she must be a Catholic Sponsor. When two godparents are used, one must be male and the other female. The second godparent may be a Christian witness (a baptized person not baptized in the Catholic Faith but baptized in another Christian Faith).
A Catholic Sponsor (A Person Baptized In The Catholic Faith) Must:
• Be confirmed (received the Sacrament of Confirmation).
• Have received Holy Communion within the past year (i.e. made his/her Easter Duty).
• Be a registered member of a Catholic Parish.
• Have been married in the Catholic Faith if he or she is married.
Form Needed For A Catholic Sponsor:
Sponsor Eligibility Certificate from his or her Catholic Parish
A Christian Witness (A Person Not Baptized In The Catholic Faith) Must:
• Have been baptized (Note: this person can NOT be a former Catholic, i.e. baptized Catholic).
• Be a member of a Christian Church.
Form Needed For A Christian Witness:
Letter from his or her Church saying that he or she is Baptized and is a member of the Church.
The Use Of A Proxy For A Godparent:
If a godparent is unable to be present for the Baptism, a proxy may stand in at the ceremony. A proxy must follow the same qualifications of a Catholic Sponsor or a Christian Witness. A proxy for a Catholic Sponsor must qualify as a Catholic Sponsor. A proxy for a Christian Witness must qualify either as a Catholic Sponsor or a Christian Witness. Forms still need to be submitted for the godparents along with a form for a proxy (i.e. the proxy submits a form as if he or she is acting as a Catholic Sponsor or Christian Witness).