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I want to baptize my baby, what are the necessary requirements that I should meet?

A desire to raise your child in the teachings and doctrines of the Catholic faith, seeking the truth, and living by example.

Parents must be registered and active members of the parish for at least 3 months prior to celebrating a baptism. If the family is coming from another parish, a letter of permission to baptize outside their parish community is required.

Prayerfully choose godparent(s) according to Diocesan  and Canonical guidelines (see below).

Preparation for Infant Baptism for children under 6 years old must begin 3 months in advance. 
Parents and godparents need to attend a baptism preparation class either at our parish or at another catholic church (No children please) Class is offered every other month. Contact the parish office or see the parish bulletin for scheduled classes. 

Baptisms are scheduled the third Saturday of each month.

To schedule a baptism: a Baptism Resistration Form (pick up in the parish office) must be filled out and turned into the parish office, along with:

  • a copy of the child's birth certificate
  • certificates from baptism class from parents and godparents
  • if family is coming from another parish, a letter of permission is required.
  • if godparents are coming from another parish, a letter of goodstanding from their parish is required.

We ask for a donation of $35.00 given at the Baptismal Prep Class.
Invite godparents(s) to attend the baptismal preparation class with you or at his/her church if they have not done so within the last 2 years.
Invite the godparents to bring the Baptismal candle or a white taper will be provided on the day of the baptism.
Please dress your child in white and arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Guidelines for choosing Godparents / Requirements:

Godparents are official witnesses of those sacraments, which involve the “irrevocable marking of a Christian” (i.e. baptism and confirmation). The sponsor makes a public promise that “by my word and example, I will foster the active practice of the Catholic Faith in the life of the young person I am sponsoring.”

Choosing godparents for your child requires prayerful consideration and a commitment on the part of the one(s) chosen. Only one godparent is required yet if choosing two, one must be male and the other female. This is not a time to choose someone, whether family or friend, to be nice. It's a serious responsibility and a desire to help the child grow daily in union with Jesus and His Church. Therefore, the godparent must be an active, participating member of the Catholic Church, in good standing or otherwise stated, in the state of grace. These requirements help the godparent fulfill the promise he/she makes before God.

For this reason, sponsors selected must produce verification of their good standing within the Church.

The following Diocesan Guidelines will be strictly adhered to-

Godparents must be:

At least 16 years of age.
Fully initiated into the Church, having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
If married, in a sacramental marriage.( if just married civilly, that person cannot be a godparent at this time)
If single, living in harmony with the Catholic faith.
Prepared through a Baptism class within the last two years.

Any questions regarding the sacrament and preparation may be directed to the Baptismal Preparation team. Call the parish office for more information at 480-987-0315.

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