THE JOURNEY BEGINS
At St. Rose of Lima, we are honored that you have chosen to have your child baptized here with us and in allowing us to help them start their journey of faith. Through Baptism, your child will be incorporated into the Church, in union with the Body of Christ.
Thank you for being a good and responsible Catholic parent who cares about these important events in the spiritual life of your child. Passing on the Church’s faith in the love of God and the values taught to us by Jesus Christ are among the most important things you can do as a parent to help your child develop into a healthy adult and to become the person that God has created your child to be.
Because a sacrament is a special encounter with God, meant to strengthen our life of discipleship, the Church needs to prepare the person celebrating the sacrament to be properly disposed to experience it. In the case of baptism of a child, we need to make sure that the child’s parents/grandparents and godparents fully understand the significance of the sacrament and their duties to help the child grow into a serious Christian who actively practices the faith of the Church. The parish pastor and his colleagues in ministry must ensure this preparation.
Infant baptisms are for children up to six years of age. Children that have already celebrated their seventh birthday are invited to prepare for their Sacrament of Baptism through our RCIC program (Rite of Christian Initiation for Children).
If you are an unbaptized adult, we invite you to contact Dcn. Bill Wison, firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program.
- STEP 1: REGISTRATION
- STEP 2: REGISTER FOR THE NEXT AVAILABLE BAPTISMAL CLASS
- STEP 3: COMPLETE THE REGISTRATION FORMS AND SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS
- STEP 4: SCHEDULE THE DATE
BAPTIZING YOUR CHILD
1) When should I have my child baptized?
A person can be Baptized at any age, however, parents are encouraged to baptize their child within the first few weeks after their birth. We do, however, ask parents to attend a baptism preparation class before presenting their child for this sacrament. This is to ensure the parents fully understand the sacrament and their expected roles in raising the child in their Catholic faith.
All Catholic parents are encouraged to baptize their children in their Catholic faith. Even if a child was not baptized as an infant (or before the age of reason – 7 years old), we would like to work with you to see that your child in brought into sacramental union with the Church.
2) What if my child is older than 7 years of age?
Please contact Christina Palazzoli, Coordinator of Catechesis, email@example.com, to discuss sacramental preparation for your child. The children’s catechumenate will most likely apply.
3) Must both parents be Catholic?
No. The Church requires that there be at least one actively practicing Catholic parent.
4) What if the parents of the child are not married?
The child’s baptism will not be delayed for unmarried parents. However, we would strongly encourage you to contact the Church to pursue a sacramental marriage. This is one of the most effective ways to raising your child Catholic.
5) What if my spouse is not Catholic?
The non-Catholic spouse must give permission for the baptism to take place and with raising the child in the Catholic faith.
6) What if we were married outside of Catholic Church?
This will not delay the child’s baptism.. St. Rose is ready to assist you in having your marriage recognized in the Catholic Church as this is one of the most effective ways to raising your child Catholic. Someone from the Baptismal team will contact you to offer assistance.
PREPARATION FOR BAPTISM
7) Do I need to be a member of the parish?
You should be a registered member of St. Rose of Lima OR of another Catholic parish.
For St. Rose of Lima members, you must be a registered member for at least one month prior to scheduling the baptism.
To register at St. Rose of Lima, CLICK HERE
If you are registered and active members at another parish
- You must submit a “letter of permission” from the pastor which states that you are registered, active parishioners at that parish and which grants permission for the baptism to occur at St. Rose of Lima. (Code of Canon Law: Can 857- §2).
- This letter must be provided when you are scheduling the baptism.
8) What if I have already taken the Baptism Preparation class?
If within the past 5 years, parents have taken the class at St. Rose OR another parish OR have had a child baptized, they do not have to attend the class again.
SCHEDULING A BAPTISM
9) What if I want a visiting priest or deacon to perform the baptism?
When you are scheduling the baptism, notify the scheduler of this request. If the priest/deacon is outside the Diocese of Syracuse, he would need to obtain a Statement of Ordinary from his archdiocese. If he is of this diocese, he would notify Dcn. Bill Wilson of his request.
10) How many godparents may I have?
You may select two godparents; only one is required for Baptism. If one is chosen, he/she must be an actively practicing Catholic (see requirements below). If two are chosen, one must be male and one female and at least one must be an actively practicing Catholic. A Non-Catholic godparent must be a baptized Christian.
11) What are the requirements for being a godparent?
Please refer to the requirements section at the bottom of this page.
12) What if we don’t have a Catholic family or friend available to be a godparent?
We will provide guidance in identifying an actively, practicing Catholic in the community who may step forward as godparent. Contact Dcn. Bill Wilson for more information.
13) What if a godparent is unable to be at the baptism?
A Catholic adult must be present at the baptism ceremony. The parents and godparents can designate in writing a proxy stand in for the absentee godparent. If you know beforehand, please notify the scheduler of the proxy’s name. If it happens the day of the baptism, be sure to notify the priest/deacon as they must note it on the documentation.
14) Can I change the godparents later?
If the godparent(s) do not follow through in this spiritual relationship, you may decide to engage other family or friends to support you and your child in this role. However, godparents listed in the official baptism register can never be changed since they were the historical witnesses to the baptism and entered into a permanent spiritual relationship with the baptized.
DAY of BAPTISM
15) What should my child wear for their baptism?
A white garment is traditional, signifying cleansing received in the waters of Baptism and the purity of beginning a new life in Christ. You may wish to change your child into this garment once you’ve arrived for the baptism. Allow extra time for this.
16) What should parents and godparents wear for the baptism?
You may want to dress as you would for a special family celebration. We ask that family and friends dress respectful of the sacred space.
17) What time should we arrive?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the baptism to allow for parking and situating your family in the Church.
18) May we take pictures during the baptism?
Yes. You may also take pictures afterward. We ask that you respect the sacred space.
19) Does it cost anything to have my child baptized?
Parents, please see requirements below before choosing a godparent.
Once you have reviewed the form and affirmed all the statements are true, please feel free to give us a phone call, we would be happy to process your request.
*Individuals must be a registered parishioner a minimum of 30days prior to requesting a Sacramental Sponsorship Certificate.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS PRIOR TO SCHEDULING
Choosing the correct godparents will play an important role in the faith journey of your child. The godparents should be a role model for your child on how to live his or her Catholic faith and must be willing to walk with the child on his or her journey.
The parents of the child may select the godparents based on the following requirements (that must be met by all godparents):
- The parents of the child are not permitted to act as a godparent for their child’s baptism. However, the child’s Grandparents are eligible (if they meet all the other requirements).
- Godparents must be at least 16 years old.
- Must be a practicing Catholic and be fully initiated into the Catholic church by having received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. A practicing Catholic implies that they attend Sunday Mass and they participate regularly in receiving the Eucharist and Reconciliation sacraments. An unbaptized or non-Catholic may not be a godparent for Baptism.
- If married, the godparent’s marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church. If they are married civilly or in another Christian tradition, they are not eligible to serve as a godparent until their marriage is recognized.
NOTES ABOUT GODPARENTS
- It is recommended that the parents select two godparents for your child. However, you may baptize with one godparent. If you decide on having two godparents, one must be female and the other male.
- A baptized Christian, non-Catholic, may serve as a Christian Witness when accompanied by a Catholic Godparent (one must be female and the other male).
- If a godparent is unable to be present at the baptism ceremony, the parents may opt to have a proxy to stand in place of the godparent. However, the original godparent’s name will still appear on the baptismal record and not the proxy.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP
We recognize that not everyone’s faith journey looks the same. So, whatever the situation, we are here to assist each family on their unique journey. If you have questions or concerns about the process, just let us know.
Deacon Bill Wilson