Infant Baptism

INFANT BAPTISM

 

We ask that families presenting their children for baptism be registered members of our parish. After registering, or if you already are registered, then contact the Parish office for more information about the process for preparation and celebration of the Sacrament.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Can I start this process before my child is born?

YES, in fact we recommend doing so.

 

How long does the process take?

Two meetings with the priest; (approximately 40 minutes each)

 

When are Baptisms scheduled?

The Rite of Baptism recommends that Baptisms be celebrated on Sunday. Baptisms are normally scheduled during or after the 11:00 a.m. Mass.

 

Can we Baptize in a place other than the Church?

The Rite of Baptism indicates that it should normally be celebrated in a Parish Church. We do not ordinarily do baptisms outside of Church.

 

Who can serve as godparents?

When a child is baptized, he or she must have at least one godparent. It is customary for children to have two. When there are two preferably one should be male and the other female. Godparents must be Catholic and in good standing: this means they are registered in a parish, not less than 16 years of age, fully initiated (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation), in a valid marriage (if married), and living a life of faith which befits the role undertaken.

 

If the other sponsor does not meet the above criteria, he/she may be designated as a Christian Witness.

 

Catholic sponsors must obtain a sponsor certificate from their parish of registration (including our own Sacred Heart parishioners), stating that he/she is a member in good standing and eligible to serve as a sponsor.

 

Who holds the child during Baptism?

The Rite of Baptism indicates that ordinarily the mother holds her child during Baptism.