Sacrament Of Baptism
Welcome to God's Family!
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit . . . And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28: 19-20).
Welcoming each new member is the responsibility of all those who have been baptized. Baptism can be celebrated during Sunday Mass, allowing the entire parish community to rejoice in the arrival of new life in the family and in the Church. Baptism can also be celebrated outside of Mass. Baptism connects us —for life—to the worldwide Christian family.
First time parents are asked to participate in a Preparation for Baptism Class at their local parish as they prepare to welcome their child into the Catholic faith.
- A godparent must be at least sixteen years of age
- Be fully initiated into the faith (i.e. has received the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
- He or she should lead a life of faith in harmony with the duty undertaken.
- The godparent may not be one of the parents of the child being baptized.
- One godparent is required for Baptism and a maximum of two can participate in the ritual and be recorded in the baptismal record.
- Only one Catholic godparent is required.