Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation. By it, we are cleansed of all sin, both original and actual, filled with Sanctifying Grace, and made part of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. It leaves an indelible mark on our soul, marking us for eternity as sons and daughters of God. It can be received only once.
There is no cost for a Baptism. It is customary to make an offering to the Church but this is not required.
The Church encourages parents to have their children Baptized as soon as possible after birth.
Yes, though an older child will be given some instruction about Baptism so they understand what is going on during the ceremony. There is no age too late to be baptized!
The Church requires at least one confirmed Catholic godparent in order to support the parents when bringing up the child in the Church. Other baptized people can serve as Christian Witnesses of Baptism. All Christian Witnesses are required to be baptized and at least 16.
There is no need to be anxious or worried. You will be given a friendly reception by the priest or parish office staff member that will be happy to make arrangements and answer your questions. All that matters is that the child will be brought up and taught about their Catholic faith.
Your spouse’s minister or pastor is welcome to come and can at certain points share a prayer, but the baptism must be done by only one person. The priest will be happy to discuss and explain what is customary in these situations.
Let us assure you that there is not need to be worried. The priest or deacon leading the ceremony will guide you through the service step-by-step. During your preparation do not hesitate to mention any point or action that might worry either of you. We want you to enjoy the occasion and celebrate!
Baptism is the sacrament of becoming a Christian, and the baptism at birth was a true baptism. Although the baptism will not be repeated, you can have a celebration in church and share in the other prayers and blessings which are part of the baptismal ceremony. You can also appoint godparents at this time.
To be chosen as a godparent is a special honor. You have been entrusted with the responsibility to participate in this child’s Christian life and education. This privilege offers you the opportunity to develop a mutually enriching spiritual relationship - one that will last throughout this life and beyond. There are many ways you can nurture this spiritual relationship and become a special friend to your godchild. Among them are:
By living a Christian life in partnership with your godchild, both of you will experience the great joy of sharing a life of faith.
Congratulations, and may God bless you!