Baptism Process, Godparents and Sacred Promises Made During the Ceremony
Step 1. Obtain and Submit Baptism Information Packet.
You may download the Baptism form
on this website or pick it up at the parish office.
Complete and return it to the parish.
Step 2. Baptism Preparation Appointment
Once the packet has been received and reviewed by the Pastor or
Deacon and all questions have been answered, you will be
notified to meet and attend the Baptism class with Deacon Soignier.
Step 3. Scheduling of the Baptism
After you have attended the Baptism class, you will be scheduled for
the next Baptism Rite.
1. When are Baptisms normally conducted? Baptisms Rites are conducted at Noon
on the 2nd Sunday of each month.
2. Photography: Feel free to take pictures at any time during the ceremony, keeping in mind the importance of not disturbing the prayer of the assembly.
3. Customary dressing for the baby:
White Garment: It is customary to dress your child in white clothes, gown or suit.
4. Fee: There is no fee for Holy Baptism.
WHO SHOULD BE THE GODPARENT OF MY CHILD?
Who will be the Godparents of your child? What should you look for in that person? What are his/her godparent responsibilities?
The Godparent is someone who will be supportive to the parents in regards to raising the child to live the Catholic faith. The Godparent is someone who lives the the Roman Catholic Faith in a visible fashion.
To be a Godparent, one must be:
•At least Sixteen(16) years of age or older
•Have already received the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist
•Confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church
•If married, follow the Marriage Laws of the Roman Catholic Church, and lead an active life of faith.
A Baptized person who is not a Roman Catholic is unable to participate as a Godparent except along with a Roman Catholic sponsor and then only as a Christian witness of the Holy Baptism.
At least one Godparent should be present for the celebration, with another person of proper age and faith-fullness “standing in” for the God parent who is unable to attend.
At a future date when the baptized becomes Confirmed:
At a future date, when the child celebrates the Rite of Holy Confirmation, he/she is encouraged to retain one of the Baptism sponsors as the Confirmation sponsor, especially if that person has played a significant role in the child’s growth in the Roman Catholic Faith.
SACRED PROMISES MADE TO GOD:
Below are the Sacred Promises made to God during the Rite of Holy Baptism. Please pray over these promises and begin to prepare your heart to make them and to live them.
Priest/Deacon: You have asked to have your child baptized.
In doing so you accept the responsibility to train him/her in the practice of the Faith. It is your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s Commandments as Christ taught us by loving God and our neighbor.
Priest/Deacon: Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?
Parents: We Do.
Later in the ceremony the Priest/Deacon will again direct his attention to the parents.
Holy Baptism is not just about the little child; it is also about the parent’s faith.
Priest/Deacon: Parents & Godparents, you have come to present this child for Baptism…
You must make it your constant care to bring him/her up in the practice of the Faith. If your faith makes you ready to accept this responsibility, renew now the vows of your own Baptism. Reject sin. Profess your faith in Christ Jesus. This is the Faith of the Church. This is the Faith in which this child is about to be Baptized.