Baptism

Baptism is offered at all three parish churches. Adults and children over the age of 7 seeking baptism must go through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Parents and guardians of children under the age of 7 can arrange for a baptism by speaking with the Pastoral Associate/Minister for the church of baptism.

PLEASE READ IMPORTANT Information (Below) on SELECTION of GODPARENTS.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION on Selection of GODPARENTS:

 

ROLE & REQUIREMENTS OF A GODPARENT AT BAPTISM

Role of Godparent:

It is an ancient custom of the Church that at baptism, godparents be present to represent the greater spiritual community into which the child is being baptized. Godparents are expected to assist the parents in their role of developing and safeguarding the grace which is given to the child through the Sacrament of Baptism. They provide on-going spiritual influence and example in their godchild’s life. Each child may have one or two godparents. If the child has two godparents, one must be male and the other female.

Requirements for a Godparent:

There are two types of godparents: Catholic sponsors and Christian witnesses. At least one godparent must be a Catholic sponsor. To be a Catholic sponsor, the individual:

  • must be a registered member of the Catholic Church.
  • must have received the three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.
  • must be mature enough to understand, accept, and carry out the duties of a godparent. That person should be at least 16 years of age.
  • should be living an exemplary life consistent with Christian faith which includes an active faith life through regular attendance at Mass and following the teachings of the Catholic Church. If married, the godparent’s marriage should be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church.
  • needs to provide a sponsor certificate from their current parish to prove that they meet the above criteria.

To be a Christian witness, the individual:

  • might be a baptized Catholic who is not fully initiated- e.g. has not received the sacrament of Confirmation.
  • might be a baptized member of a Christian denomination who will support your choice of a Catholic upbringing.