Baptism for Infants and Children
“Holy baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as (children) of God; we become members of Christ and are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
on behalf of the child, the godparents must believe in what is being professed.
While only one practicing Catholic is required, if two are chosen, they must be one male and one female. It is allowable for a baptized non-Catholic to serve as a Christian witness. However, a non-practicing Catholic is not eligible to serve as either a godparent or a Christian witness.
The Catholic godparent(s) must be baptized, confirmed, have received the sacrament of Holy Communion and, if married, have been married by a Catholic priest. Catholic godparents must present a letter from his and/or her parish verifying they are practicing Catholics.
To discuss having your child baptized at one of our parishes,
contact the office of your parish.
What parents need to know:
Parents seeking baptism for their child into the Catholic faith must be registered parishioners in one of our parishes for at least six months.
Attendance at a baptism preparation class is required for the first child to be baptized. This can be arranged through the parish office either before the birth or before the desired baptism.
The principal responsibility of a godparent is to give witness to the Catholic faith by his/her words and actions. Together with the parents, godparents present the child for baptism and help him/her to live a
Christian life within the Catholic faith. During the baptism when called upon to profess the Catholic faith