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Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism  


Baptism is a rite of initiation into the Catholic Church, a welcoming of your child into the Christian family. From the baptismal font is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body." (1 Corinthians 12:13) Through Baptism we receive the grace of God and become sharers in the Church's mission. It is the first of three sacraments of initiation and is the basis of the whole Christian life.
This information sheet deals ONLY with the baptism of children under six years of age. Because they are capable of learning about their faith, older children who have already had their sixth birthday or begun first grade must take religious instruction before being baptized.
The Baptism of your infant child is an expression of your desire to share your faith with your child. Faith is a gift from God, a gift that needs to be nourished. We do this through prayer, Scripture reading, attendance at Mass on Sundays, reception of the Eucharist, and being of service to other people. In the sacrament of Baptism your child is being initiated into the Catholic Church because you, as parents, are promising God and the Church to raise your child in the practice of the Catholic faith. You are taking on a great responsibility of being the first teachers of your child in the ways of faith. May your example of day-to-day living of the Catholic faith make you the very best of teachers.

Procedures to Prepare Your Child for Infant Baptism

It involves four steps:
  1. A prayerful reflection over the choice of godparents.
  2. Registration and interview.
  3. Participation of Parents and Godparents in a pre-baptismal class
  4. Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.

I. Godparents

The selection of the child's godparents is an important decision and should be made with the child's growth in faith in mind. You may choose one Godfather and/or one Godmother. Godparents accept the responsibility, along with you, of providing for the faith formation of your child in the Catholic Church. Their beliefs and life style should reflect the responsibility they are accepting. Consequently, the Church requires the following of the Godfather and Godmother:
  1. They are practicing Catholics, i.e., they attend Mass and receive Holy Communion regularly.
  2. They are at least sixteen years of age.
  3. They have received the sacrament of Confirmation.
  4. If married, they are married in the Catholic Church.
After considering these qualities the parents should select the godparents for their child. A non-Catholic Christian may take the place of one of the godparents and stand as a Christian witness along with the Catholic godparent.

II. Registration and Interview

  1. Call the parish  for an appointment with one of the priests. BOTH PARENTS must be present for the interview.
  2. Fill out the registration form completely just before the interview and present it to the priest.
  3. If you live in this parish and are not registered, please come fifteen minutes before your scheduled appointment with the priest to fill out a parish registration form for your family.
  4. The priest will interview the parents and schedule them for the pre-baptismal class.

III. Pre-baptismal Class

Both parents and godparents must attend the pre-baptismal class. The purpose of this class is to help them gain a fuller appreciation of the sacrament of Baptism and what it means to raise a child in the Catholic faith.
This class ordinarily takes place on the Friday evening before the baptism, only after the parents have been interviewed by one of the parish priests. If one or both of the godparents live outside the parish, they may take the class in their own parish. A letter or certificate stating they have taken the class will be required prior to the baptism.

IV. Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism

Upon completion of the pre-baptismal class, a date for the celebration will be confirmed.  However, if you have a priest from outside the parish whom you wish to perform the sacrament, he is most welcome. Please inform the interviewing priest at the time of registration.


Compiled by Ben Chang








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