REQUIREMENTS FOR PARENTS
Are there requirements of the parents who want to have their child Baptized?
Yes, at least one of the parents should be a practicing Catholic willing to commit to the task of rearing their child in the faith of the Church. Parents should accept that they are the first and foremost teachers of the faith. Parents must be registered and practicing at Christ the King for a minimum of three months.
What does it mean to be a “practicing Catholic”?
It means that not only do you hold true all that the Church teaches and proclaims, but that you are active in worship and liturgical celebrations of the Church. Oftentimes the Baptism of the child evangelizes the parents to participate fully in the practice of their Catholic faith. The birth of the child and the desire to have that child Baptized serves as a catalyst for the parents to return to the practice of the faith.
Baptism Ceremony & Celebration
Are there costs associated with the Baptismal preparation or the ceremony?
There are no fees for the preparation program, or for the ceremony. However, it is traditional to offer a stipend to the priest/deacon who performs the Baptism.
When are Baptisms scheduled?
Baptisms are a wonderful occasion for our Christ the King community to join together and welcome our newest members into the Church. Our parish celebrates Baptisms about every three weeks. We usually schedule three months out from the time of your meeting with Marty Kelly. This is due to a high demand of Baptisms.
The Baptism ceremony begins with a blessing at the beginning of the 12:30pm Mass, with the remainder of the ceremony immediately following the Mass in the Church. Thus, seating for the child, parents and godparents will be reserved in the front left section of the Church and therefore must be in place before the Mass begins.
It is recommended that the rest of your family and guests arrive early if they wish to sit near the front of the Church.
**Baptisms are not typically scheduled during Lent. During Lent we focus on those being Baptized during the Easter Vigil. Pre-Baptism classes will take place during Lent, but the scheduled Baptisms will resume after Easter.
What should my child wear for the Baptism?
We ask that you dress your child in a white garment to represent the purity and new birth into their faith.
How many Baptisms take place each Sunday?
Baptism is meant to be celebrated as a community to show support for all. We schedule up to six children at each Baptism. Baptisms are generally scheduled every three weeks at the 12:30 pm Sunday Mass.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GODPARENTS & SPONSORS
What is the role of a godparent/sponsor?
Godparents need to be actively involved in the Catholic tradition because they serve as models and guides to the child and the parents. They, along with the priest and the parents, welcome the child to the community and signify that welcome by marking the child with the sign of the cross. The godparents promise to support the parents in raising the child in the practice of the Catholic faith. A godparent is encouraged to send a spiritual card to their godchild at Christmas, Easter, Birthday and Baptism “birthday”.
Whom should I choose as godparents/sponsors for my child’s Baptism?
This is a very personal decision. However, the Church does ask that certain requirements be met.
What are the requirements to be a godparent?
In order to be a Catholic godparent, a person must be
- At least 16 years of age
- A practicing Catholic who is Baptized and Confirmed and has received First Holy Communion
- If married, the marriage is Sacramentally blessed by the Catholic Church
- Someone other than the parents of the child to be Baptized
- Leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith and the role they are about to assume
- Attending weekly Mass
- Must attend the pre-Baptism class at CTK or their home parish
Godparents complete a Godparent Eligibility Form that is to be signed by the godparent and pastor of their Catholic Church stating that they are a practicing Catholic, or a letter from their parish stating that they are members of that parish and eligible to be a godparent.
How many godparents may I have?
It is only required that there be one godparent, so you must have at least one. It is customary to have two godparents – in this case one must be female and the other male. The Church does not make any provisions for more than two.
We very often receive requests for more than one set of sponsors (godparents). Canonically one set will be recorded in the registry and on the certificate. Any others are welcome to be present at the font, but are not technically godparents.
Do both godparents have to be Catholics?
Yes, a godparent, by definition, is Catholic – thus all godparents are Catholic. But remember that only one godparent is required. Baptized, participating Christians of other denominations may serve as a “Christian Witness” and be so designated in the Baptismal Register. If you choose to do so, you may have one Christian Witness and one Godparent. In this case one must be female and the other male.
Non-Christians may not serve either as godparents or Christian witnesses, but are always welcomed to participate in the celebration.