Baptizing Your Child

“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…” – Matthew 28:19-20

Congratulations on the birth of your child! We at Christ the King Catholic Church are so pleased that you are desirous of having your baby Baptized. The Baptism of your child provides an opportunity to examine your own Christian life and spirituality. You are saying that you want to share your living Catholic Christian faith with your child; this is a serious commitment to raise your child within the community of believers and to educate them in the truths of the Catholic faith.

It is presumed that a central part of this commitment be weekly Mass attendance. If parents are not able to make this commitment at this time they should consider their motivation and reasons for baptizing their child.

We are blessed with a large parish at Christ the King. Because of this, Baptisms are generally scheduled about three months out. Please do not delay! You can get this process started early.

 


Step by Step Guide for the Baptismal Process at Christ the King

Welcome! Thank you for inquiring about Baptism here at Christ the King. We are excited for you and look forward to journeying with you as you prepare for this exciting time in your family’s life.

 

Here is a step by guide to help through preparation for Baptism.

 

Step 1 – Parish Registration

If the family is not already a registered member of Christ the King, the New Parishioner Form can be found at the Parish Office Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm. It is also available at the Welcome Desk in the Narthex of the church before and after each Sunday Mass.

 

Step 2 – Baptism Request Form

This form gives basic information regarding the name of the child to be baptized as well as information on Godparents.  Please download this form at https://ctk-tampa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Baptism-Request-Form.pdf.

 

Step 3 – Meeting with the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation

This meeting is for the parents and our Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation to discuss the baptismal process, answer any questions, and to get to know each other.  This meeting can be scheduled at https://calendly.com/ctk-nkennedy/meet.

 

Step 4 – Certificate of Completion of Baptism Class from Parents

The parents of the child would have an opportunity to participate in our Baptism Classes here at Christ the King. These classes are designed to be interactive, with opportunities for learning, meeting other parents, and deepening your own spiritual life. These Baptism Classes are two parts that happen over two sequential Sundays every other month. Once the Baptism Request Form has been returned to the Adult Faith Formation Office, you will receive an email with the dates of times of these classes. Parents also have the option of attending a Baptism Class at another parish. Parents that choose this option would need to return to the Office of Adult Faith Formation a certificate or letter of completion from the other parish.

 

Please email Neil Kennedy at nkennedy@ctk-tampa.org to register for these classes.

 

Step 5 – Godparent Eligibility Form

This form is found at https://ctk-tampa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Godparent-Eligibility-Form.pdf. A separate form is needed for each Godparent. The top of this form can be filled out by each Godparent(s). The form can then be brought to the Godparent’s parish of registration to complete the bottom of the form. This form can then be mailed back to Neil Kennedy at nkennedy@ctk-tampa.org.

  • A few notes:
    • A child may be baptized with no godparents, only one godparent, a godparent and a Christian Witness, or a godfather and a godmother.
  • Christian Witness Proof of Baptism –  If choosing to have a Christian witness in place of a godfather or godmother, then a proof of Christian Baptism is needed. This can be a baptismal certificate or a letter from the church of baptism.  Those who have been baptized Catholic and are practicing another Christian tradition are not eligible to be a Christian Witness.
  • The Christian Witness also needs to be of the opposite sex of the godparent
  • If a family chooses to have a godfather and a godmother, then a Christian Witness is not permitted.

 

 

Step 6 – Godparent Certificate of Completion for Baptismal/Godparent Class

Each godparent would need to show completion of a Godparent/Baptismal class. If taken here, godparents are encouraged to come to both of our Baptism Classes but are specifically invited to the second session.  If the Baptismal/Godparent Class is taken at another parish, we ask for a letter or certificate of completed from the parish.

 

Please email Neil Kennedy at nkennedy@ctk-tampa.org to register for these classes.

 

Step 7 – Request Date of Baptism

Once all paperwork has been returned and all Baptism Classes have been completed, you will receive an email with a list of dates of baptisms that are available.