The Sacrament of Baptism is the door through which one enters the Church. For parents who wish to have their children baptized into the Church our parish asked no more than what the Catholic Church as a whole requires.
If it is your first child, we would ask that you attend a baptism preparation class. For more information you can contact Kathy Buttner. If you have not had a chance to register in the parish, this is the perfect time to do so. Parish Form Registration
Godparents: The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that godparents “must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized child… on the road of Christian life. ”In selecting a godparent, you should consider carefully a person’s capacity to provide this help. (One godparent is required for Baptism, although two may be chosen. In the case of two godparents, they must be male and female.)
In order to be a godparent, according to Church law, a person must:
- Be at least 16 years old (A pastor may grant an exception to the age requirement for a just cause.)
- Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist6 (A member of the Eastern Orthodox Church may serve as a godparent as long as a Catholic godparent has also been chosen.)
- Not be bound by a canonical penalty
- Be leading a life of faith befitting the role to be undertaken (for example, regularly attending Sunday Mass; if married, be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church)
- Not be a parent of the child
The above criteria reflect the Church’s view that living the faith is taught best by example. Your chosen godparent is asked to testify that he or she meets these qualifications by completing the Godparent Attestation Form for Infant Baptism. Please provide the godparent with this document in a timely manner so that it can be returned to the parish before the celebration of the sacrament.