“Now, we must help each other to get to Heaven.” -Blessed Karl of Austria to Queen Zita his bride (October 22, 1911 – the day after their wedding)
New Life in Christ Baptism changes everything for those who receive it. Through the holy waters of Baptism, we are united to Christ, freed from sin, and reborn as sons and daughters of God, thus becoming members of the Church. In a special way, infants are to receive the gift of baptism from the Church through the loving consent of their parents.
Infant Baptism Process
We welcome expectant parents and parents of unbaptized children (under the age of 7 years) to contact us in order to begin preparations.
Here is what will need to be completed before we schedule your child’s Baptism.
1. Submit Completed Baptism Registration Form 2. Submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate 3. Submit Godparent Affidavit(s)or Letter(s) of Good Standing 4. Parents will need to attend an Infant baptism class 5. Final Step is Parental Meeting with Deacon
Godparents As an important part of our Catholic tradition, Godparents are responsible for assisting the child and his or her parents on their journey towards heaven. Because of this, they are held to the highest standard. Each Godparent is required to meet the following qualifications according to Canon Law:
At least 16 years of age
Not the natural or adoptive parents of the baptized child
Fully initiated Roman Catholic (has received the sacraments of baptism, first holy communion, and confirmation)
If married, validly married in the Catholic Church; If not married, living in accord with the Church’s teachings on sexuality
Actively practicing Catholic in communion with the Catholic Church; Striving to live a life in harmony with its teachings on faith and chastity
Either male or female; If two are chosen, one must be male, the other female
Sponsors “must be firm believers, able and ready to help the candidate on the road of Christian life. Their task is a truly ecclesial function… bearing some responsibility for the development and safeguarding of the grace given at Baptism” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1255). Like parents, they share in the responsibility for the salvation of the soul entrusted to them.