In selecting a godparent, parents should look for:
A mature member of the Catholic Church.
Someone who has received the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation).
Someone who can share with the parents, the task of handing on the faith and whose life shows that faith in the great and small ways of everyday living.
Someone you can call on for help.
Someone who knows that being a Catholic has to do with prayer, with justice toward the poor and with kindness for friends and strangers alike, and with many things that are not popular or common in our society.
St. Mary of the Assumption Baptismal Application Packet (below).
An official copy of the child’s birth certificate.
If parents are not registered members of St. Mary of the Assumption: a letter of permission for baptism from home parish (included with Baptismal Application Packet).
A Sponsor Covenant Form for each sponsor (included with Baptismal Application Packet).
If parents or sponsors completed a baptism class outside St. Mary of the Assumption: a letter from that parish indicating that the class was attended (within the last two years).
ALL DOCUMENTS ARE DUE IN THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED BAPTISM.
It is with great joy that our Catholic Community of St. Mary’s of the Assumption and the Baptism Team welcomes you to our Baptism Preparation Program and we look forward to welcoming your child into the family of God through the faith filled celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.
"When many of us were baptized, say a half century or so ago, the concern was to rush to have a child baptized right away to remove original sin and allow the child to receive sanctifying grace and make him or her a temple of God. Today, we have an appreciation of this sacrament as part of something larger, initiation into the Church." (Msgr. Zenz from "The Sacrament of Baptism" video)
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
The purpose of this webpage is to provide parents with the necessary information and guidelines for infant baptism and the baptism preparation process. Our hope is that this preparation program will make the celebration of your child’s baptism a more meaningful experience.
In asking to have your child baptized you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of faith. It will be your duty to bring your child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbors. Our Baptism Preparation Program offers an excellent opportunity for you, the parents to renew and/or deepen your faith, strengthen your commitment to the Church, seriously reflect on the responsibilities of Christian parenting, and come to a better understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.
Baptismal preparation classes for parents are held monthly. Classes are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Both parents and sponsors should attend.
Check the Parish Bulletin for specific times and locations of these classes. Call the parish office for an appointment to arrange for baptism.
To reflect the communal nature of faith, the ecclesial aspect of Baptism and its relationship to confirmation and the Eucharist, Baptism takes place in the parish church and not in a private home. (Canon 875, 860).
For this same reason, Sunday is the normal day for the celebration of the Sacrament.
Infants are to be baptized in the community parish to which their family belongs. While registration at St. Mary’s is not required for baptism, it is strongly recommended. If the parents do not reside within the boundaries of St. Mary’s parish or are not registered participating members of St. Mary’s, they will be required to obtain a letter from the pastor of the parish in which they reside, stating that they have his permission to have their child baptized at St. Mary’s.
At least one parent should be a practicing Catholic, regularly attending Church and seeking baptism for their child in the faith they actively believe and practice.
Couples who are in an irregular marriage (not witnessed by a Catholic priest or deacon) are encouraged to seek whatever avenues necessary, to restore them to full communion and membership in the Catholic Church by contacting a priest or deacon.
Completion of the baptismal preparation program (a 3 hour session held on the fourth Thursday of the month) is required with the following exception: The parents have completed a baptismal preparation program within two years prior to the current baptism (Documentation/proof is required). For those parents who are taking baptismal preparation at St. Mary’s and are having their child baptized elsewhere, all of the necessary paper work will be provided upon completion of the baptism preparation program.
Attendance at the session by both parents is strongly recommended, whether the spouse is Catholic or not.
A pre-baptism interview with the pastor is required. All parents of children to be baptized at St. Mary’s must meet with the pastor in order to schedule the baptism of their child.
The baptism application, along with the required documentation, must be turned into the church office at least one week prior to the date selected for baptism.
The godparent(s) (or proxy), together with the parents, must be present to profess the Church’s faith, in which the child is being baptized. Therefore, in order to be appointed godparent, the person must be suitable for this role and have the intention to fulfill it.
It is a serious responsibility to choose a godparent well. It is a decision worth much thought, prayer and discussion. When the choice has been made, it is appropriate that you tell the godparent(s)-to-be what led to your decision. There is a great honor involved, but also a great responsibility.
When a child or an adult is to be baptized, he or she must have at least one godparent or sponsor (the terms are interchangeable). Church Law requires that a candidate for Baptism, that is, for membership in the Church, be given a sponsor or sponsors (godparents) who are willing and able to help the child develop and grow in the Catholic faith (Canon 872).
It is customary for children to have two godparents. When there are two, one must be male and the other female. Godparents must meet all of the following criteria, which are established by universal Church law and which do not vary from place to place.
The godparents, together with the parents, are present to profess the church’s faith, in which the child is being baptized. Therefore, in order to be appointed sponsor (godparent), the person must be designated by the parents or the one who takes their place, and be suitable for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it. (Canon 874.1.1)
Only one godparent is required, but two may be permitted. If two are chosen, one must be male and the other female. (Canon 873)