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Sacrament of Baptism

 

The baptism of your child is a very important event in his/her life. Baptism is the first of the three sacraments that initiate us into the Catholic Church. First Eucharist and Confirmation are the other Sacraments of Initiation. The universal law of the Catholic Church called the Code of Canon Law sets the requirements for receiving baptism. The requirements are listed below:

Parents

Parents of a child to be baptized are to be properly instructed in the meaning and obligations of baptism (Canon 851). It is necessary that there be a founded hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic religion (Canon 868). Catholic parents should:

  • Regularly attend Sunday Mass
  • Receive the sacraments as necessary
  • Put the Catholic faith into practice in daily life
  • If the parents have not been married in the Catholic Church, the child may still be baptized, and we are available to help the parents go through the process of having the marriage blessed, should they so decide (Canon 1108 states that Catholics are to be married in the Catholic Church for the marriage to be recognized).

If parents are not registered parishioners at any parish, we welcome them to join St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Choosing Godparents (Sponsors)

Godparents are to assist the Catholic parents, primarily by example, in raising a child in the Catholic faith. One is necessary; two are permitted. The godparents must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a baptized Catholic who has also received First Eucharist and Confirmation
  • Actively practice the Catholic faith
  • If married, have been married in the Catholic Church
  • At least one godparent must be Catholic. The other, if not Catholic, may stand with the Catholic godparent as a Christian witness.

Scheduling the Baptism

Parents who have not taken a baptismal class in the last two years and godparents must take a class after a request for baptism has been filled out before scheduling the baptism. The Baptismal preparation at St. Joseph’s varies depending on the Liturgical season. The class may be taken at any parish, however, as long as a certificate of completion is provided to St. Joseph’s.

The Church requires anyone over the age of seven years of age to join the RCIA. There is an RCIA for children and teens here at St. Joseph’s.