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The Sacrament of Baptism

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Congratulations on choosing to baptize your child into our awesome Catholic Church! Our family of God at Christ Our Savior Catholic Parish welcomes you with our love and prayers on this journey of faith.

The Baptism date cannot be scheduled until all paperwork has been submitted by the family.

Parents should be registered, active members of Christ Our Savior or related to registered, active members of our parish. If registered members of another parish, please provide a permission letter from your pastor to baptize your child at Christ Our Savior Parish.

Parent Interview with a priest or deacon (the parish office will assign you to a clergy member)

Parents must complete a Baptism preparation class

o Schedule a class at Christ Our Savior Parish or another parish. If a Baptism class was completed in the last 3 years or at another parish, submit a copy of the certificate of completion.

Saint Name- if the child’s first or middle name is not a Saint’s name, select a Saint name for your child. Suggestions for Saint Names can be found at http://www.catholic.org/saints/

Each Godparent must complete the following

o Baptism Class Completion

▪ Schedule a class at Christ Our Savior Parish or another parish. If a Baptism class was completed in the last 3 years or at another parish, submit a copy of the certificate of completion.

Schedule the Baptism date

WHY DO WE BAPTIZE?

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the doorway which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and share in her mission. It invites a lifetime of ongoing faith development that is initially modeled by the faith of parents, godparents, and the community of believers.

WHO MAY BE BAPTIZED?

Any child before the age of 7 may be baptized as long as there is well founded hope that this child will be raised in the Catholic faith. The child should be afforded the opportunity to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation as they grow older. This standard recognizes parents as the primary educators of their child’s faith development and presumes their active participation in the life of the community.

WHERE SHOULD A CHILD BE BAPTIZED?

The communal character of Baptism implies that a single celebration for several children is preferable and should be conferred in the presence of the faithful. The church building, an important symbol of God’s gathering community, is the normal place.

WHAT IS THE PREPARATION PROCESS?

Since baptism of children relies primarily upon the faith of parents and godparents, pre-baptism preparation is essential to discerning if there is “a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic religion” (Code of Canon Law, #868:1, 2). It is the responsibility of the community of believers to provide this formational process. We ask that you carefully review the following requirements before enrolling your child for baptism:

• Baptism Enrollment Form: Complete the online Baptism Enrollment Form

• Parents must be registered parishioners of Christ Our Savior Parish or related to active, registered members of the parish. If parents are registered parishioners at another parish, a letter of permission from the pastor must be submitted.

• Parents will be interviewed by a priest or deacon. A clergy member will be assigned to you by the parish office. This interview is an opportunity for the parish to support families during the

Baptism preparation process.

• Baptism preparation class- Both parents are to attend a Baptism class either at Christ Our Savior Parish or another parish. If a class has been completed in the last 3 years, the class does not need to be taken again but a certificate of completion must be submitted for verification.

• The child is required to have a Catholic Saint’s name either for the first name or middle name. If a Saint name needs to be chosen, refer to this website for ideas: http://www.catholic.org/saints/

• The last name (surname) recorded on the Baptism Certificate and in the official Baptismal records at this Parish is to be the legal last name of the child (the name recorded on the Birth Certificate unless the name has been legally changed).

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING GODPARENTS

The Godparents assist the parents in the formation of their child’s faith development. As such, they profess, proclaim, and model the Catholic Christian way of life. For this reason, it is required in selecting godparents:

• A minimum of one Catholic godparent who is a practicing, confirmed Catholic, participating inweekly Sunday liturgies, and willing to share the faith with their godchild. They do not have tobe the same gender as the child.

• A maximum of two godparents, need to be one male and one female.

• At least 16 years old and received First Eucharist.

• If the godparent is married, the marriage must have been performed or blessed in the Catholic Church.

• Godparents are required to take a Baptism Preparation class either at Christ Our Savior Parish or another parish. If a class has been completed in the last 3 years, the class does not need to be taken again but a certificate of completion must be submitted for verification.

• Cannot be the mother or father of the child to be baptized.

• If there are any concerns about godparent requirements, please contact us for assistance.

• Complete the Godparent Verification Form. Form must be signed and have parish seal from the parish Godparent is registered at. Completed forms must be turned in to the Parish Office.

NOTE: The use of proxies for godparents, while permitted, is discouraged. Non-Catholics may not act as godparents. However, together with a Catholic godparent AND for a sufficient reason, a baptized non-Catholic may act as a “Christian witness” to the baptism.

BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASSES

Once the Baptism enrollment form is received by the Parish office, the Monday Baptism class may be scheduled. Email Christ Our Savior parish office or call to book all attendees onto class schedule.

BOTH PARENTS and GODPARENTS are required to attend a Baptism class prior to scheduling the baptism itself.

o If parents or godparents have taken a Baptism preparation class within the last three years, they do not have to take the class again. A copy of the certificate of completion must be submitted.

• Classes at Christ Our Savior Parish are generally held on the second Monday of the month from

6:45 pm – 9:00 pm in the Parish Center. It includes an in-depth look at the sacrament of Baptism and the role of parents/godparents in the faith development of their child. We present an overview of the baptism process, a church tour, and a rehearsal for the rite (Class size may be limited so register ASAP). Contact the Parish Office for class dates.

• The Baptism class may be attended at another parish. A copy of the certificate of completion must be submitted for verification

WHEN WILL THE BAPTISM TAKE PLACE?

Submit the Baptism Enrollment Form and schedule your preparation sessions and baptism dates as soon as possible. All details of the celebration itself will be given to you at the pre-baptism sessions.

Once the Baptism enrollment form is received, the parish office will contact you to schedule the Baptism date. Detailed plans for your baptism should not be made until your scheduled date has been confirmed by the parish office.

WHAT IS THE COST OF ENROLLMENT FOR BAPTISM?

There is no charge for any sacrament or for the services provided by the baptism ministry team or the presider at the sacrament itself. It is customary, however, to make a donation to the parish according to your ability and your personal generosity. A suggested donation amount is $75.

BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES

A Certificate of Baptism will be provided to you at the conclusion of your child’s baptism. Keep certificate for future reference. An official record of the Baptism will be held at the Baptismal parish.

We welcome and encourage your feedback. If you have any concerns, please contact pastor or a member of the pastoral staff to discuss your concerns. Additional information may be obtained by calling the parish office or email the parish office.

In Danger of Death

If your child is in danger of death, please call the parish office for an emergency baptism.

[Name], I baptize you in the name of the Father, (The minister pours water over the head the first time.)
and of the Son, (The minister pours water over the head the second time.)
and of the Holy Spirit. (The minister pours water over the head the third time.)

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