INFANT AND CHILDREN BAPTISM (Up to 6 years old)
At Christ the King Parish, parents who wish to have a child baptized are expected to attend a Baptism preparation class. Godparents must attend a preparation class also. Please call the parish office to make arrangements. Registered parishioners are invited to have their children baptized at Christ the King.
In preparing for your child’s BAPTISM
- Parents must be active, registered parishioners at Christ the King Catholic Church.
- A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required before the baptism can be scheduled.
- Parents must complete the Baptism Preparation Registration Form. Godparents must also complete the Registration Form for Godparents.
- Parents and godparents are required to attend one Baptism Preparation class.
- After attending the classes, you may set a date for the baptism.
- Godparents, if married, must be married in the Catholic Church and be members in good standing of their parish. If single, godparents must be in good standing in their parish as well.
- If the godparents live out of town, they must attend a class at their local parish and send us proof of attendance along with a letter of good standing in their parish.
BAPTISM GODPARENT (CANON LAW)
Can. 874 §1:
To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:
- Be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function.
- Have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause.
- Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on.
- Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared.
- Not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
- A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community is not to participate except together with a Catholic sponsor and then only as a witness of the baptism.
- Ξ COPY OF YOUR CHILD’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
- Ξ FILL OUT APPLICATION TO CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM.
- Ξ FILL OUT GODPARENT FORM.
- Ξ PARENTS AND GODPARENTS MUST ATTEND BAPTISM PREPARATION CLASS.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can I have my child baptized if I am not a registered parishioner at Christ the King?
Yes. Christ the King does not require that parents be registered parishioners at our beloved parish. However, in order to baptize your child at Christ the King, parents must complete the Baptism preparation class.
2. How much does it cost to baptize my child?
The Church does not charge for the sacramental celebration. Families are encouraged to give a donation on the day of their child’s Baptsim.
3. How many Godparents should we have?
You should pick two godparents only. You should chose them based on their ability to help you raise your child in the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church.
4. Are parents required to attend Baptism Preparation Sessions before their children are baptized?
Parents are to be properly prepared for living out the commitment they are making (i.e., to raise their child in the Catholic faith) and for being able to celebrate the Sacrament with understanding as to its impact, beauty, significance, and nature. Therefore, parents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Sessions before their children are baptized. Unless of a dire emergency or grave cause, this cannot be exempted.
5. Are godparents / sponsors required to attend baptism preparation sessions before their godchild is baptized?
The role of a godparent / sponsor is very valuable in the Christian formation of a baptized child. Therefore, godparents / sponsors must be prepared in order to fulfill their roles in the Baptismal Rite and in assisting the parents in their duties of raising the child in the practice of the Catholic faith.
6. Do both Godparents have to be Catholic?
No. Both godparents must be baptized Christians. At least one godparent must be Catholic and an active, registered parishioner of a parish. The role of Godparent isn’t an honorary duty on the day of baptism, but a lifetime of shared faith with the child.
7. Can a brother or sister be a godparent / sponsor?
Brothers or sisters of a child to be baptized may indeed be godparents / sponsors providing that they have completed their 16th year of life, have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function, be Confirmed Catholic and have celebrated their First Communion and not be bound by any canonical penalty (i.e., such as married outside the Catholic Church).
8. If the parents are not validly married in the Catholic Church, can the child be baptized?
There is nothing that prevents a child born to parents who are not validly married in the Catholic Church from being baptized. Christ the King welcomes with open arms your decision to baptize your child in the Catholic faith. As such, you may wish to discuss having your marriage convalidated (recognized) by the Catholic Church, please contact our parish priest.
9. If the parents are not married, can the child be baptized?
Nothing prevents a child born to parents who are not married from being baptized within the Catholic church provided that the parent(s) of that child is/are properly disposed, has/have been appropriately prepared, understand(s) the responsibilities that come with having the child baptized and is/are willing to fulfill the commitment undertaken to raise the child in the rich principles of the Catholic faith. Also, at any time, if you would like to discuss preparing for marriage, please contact our parish priest.
10. Why is the presentation of a birth certificate important for the issuing of a Baptism Certificate?
It is important that the parish be able to properly identify and verify the child’s birth information (i.e. parent’s names, legal name of child, etc.) when preparing the Baptism Certificate.
11. What if I don’t have a birth certificate yet?
It can take up to 3 months after the child is born to receive the birth certificate. If you do not yet have a birth certificate, please provide us with the Birth Verification Facts that you received at the hospital. Upon obtaining the birth certificate, please fax a copy to the attention of Petra Mojica at (903) 483 2501 or email a scanned copy to: [email protected]. A copy of a state issued birth certificate for children older than 3 months must be in the parish office prior to scheduling the baptism.
12. Do I need to bring anything to the Baptism?
There is nothing in particular that you need to bring to the Baptism beyond, of course, the parties of interest such as yourself, the child, sponsors, godparents, any Christian Witnesses, and family and friends as you see fit. If your child is not dressed in white, the family is to provide the child with a white baptismal bib (can be purchased at any Catholic gift store.) The parish will provide you with a Baptism candle. However, if you bring your own candle, simply inform the deacon or priest just prior to the Baptismal Rite