Requirements for Parents
Are there requirements of the parents who want to have their child Baptized?
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 also be registered and active parishioners at Christ the King.
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. There are many who find that the birth of a child is a great time to begin the active participation in their Catholic faith.
Are there costs associated with the Baptismal preparation or the ceremony?
There are no fees for the preparation program, or for the ceremony. Some families offer a donation to the priest/deacon who performs the Baptism. These are not expected. For those families who choose to make offer a donation can give this donation to the priest or deacon.
When are Baptisms scheduled?
Baptism are typically scheduled twice a month. Your meeting with Neil Kennedy will outline the process in detail.
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?
We schedule up to six children at each Baptism.
Requirements for Godparents
What is the role of a godparent?
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 anniversary. This will be discussed in more detail in our Baptism Session B class.
Whom should I choose as godparents for my child’s Baptism?
This is a very personal decision. However, the Church does ask that certain requirements be met.
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?
You may have no godparents, one godparent, or a godmother and a godfather.
We very often receive requests for more than one set of godparents. Canonically only two godparents (a godmother and/or a godfather) will be recorded in our baptismal records 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. Baptized and active Christians of other denominations may serve as a “Christian Witness”. If you choose to do so, you may have one Christian Witness and one godparent of the opposite gender. Baptized Catholics may not serve as a Christian Witness.
Non-Christians may not serve either as godparents or Christian witnesses, but are always welcomed to participate in the celebration.