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.
Baptismal Preparation Process Step by Step Guide
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 process for Baptism.
Step 1 – Parish Registration
If a 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/2021/03/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.
Those parents who have completed a baptism class at Christ the King in 2017 or later are not required to take another baptism class.
Parents also have the option of attending a Baptism Class at another parish. Parents that choose this option would need to return a certificate or letter of completion from the other parish to the Office of Adult Faith Formation. A baptism class from another parish would need to be completed from 2017 or later.
Step 5 – Godparent Eligibility Form
This form is found here. A separate form is needed for each Godparent. The top of this form can be filled out by each Godparent. 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 Christ the King. Each family has a few options when it comes to godparents and Christian Witnesses:
- Godparent/Christian Witness Options
- A child may be baptized with:
- No godparents and no Christian Witness
- Only one godparent and a Christian Witness of the opposite gender of the godparent
- A godfather and a godmother and no Christian Witness
- A child may be baptized with:
- Notes about Godparents
- Godparents need to be fully initiated Catholic Christians who meet the minimum standards listed on our Godparent Eligibility Form (same form as listed above)
- Those who have been baptized Catholic and are practicing another Christian tradition are not eligible to be a godparents
- Notes about Christian Witnesses
- If a family chooses to have a Christian Witness, the Christian witness does not need to complete a Baptism Class, but will need to submit a Proof of Baptism. 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.
Step 6 – Godparent Certificate of Completion for Baptismal/Godparent Class
Each Godparent would need to show completion of a Godparent/Baptismal class. If the class is taken at Christ the King, godparents are encouraged to come to both of our Baptism Classes but are specifically invited to session B. If the Baptismal/Godparent Class is taken at another parish, we ask for a letter or certificate of completed from the parish. In either case, a baptismal class would need to be completed in 2017 or later.
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.