Baptism Preparation Guidelines
Congratulations! We share your happiness and pray that God will bless you abundantly as you present your child for the Sacrament of Baptism. You are giving your child a life-long gift—the gift of faith and membership in a community that will help foster that faith.
You are making a commitment as you present your child for Baptism. The words spoken at the ceremony by the priest or deacon make this very clear:
“You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so, you are accepting the responsibility of training this child in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring this child up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand this?”
Requirements for Infant/Child Baptism at Holy Family
Baptism Preparation Class: If you are having your first child baptized, or if this child will be your first child baptized at Holy Family, you are required to attend a baptism preparation class.
Please contact Deacon Dan Medich at 810-694-4891, ext 2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org for class availability.
We usually have communal baptisms on the first Sunday and third Saturday of every month.
Other arrangements may be made in the case of an emergency or very special circumstances.
Due to holiday schedules or special events, the date of the baptism ceremony may change. Please call ahead to verify the schedule.
Selecting Godparents for your child is an important step in your child’s faith formation. The Godparents make a commitment to raise your child in the Catholic Church, promising that your child will receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation if you are unable or unwilling to fulfill your commitments.
Therefore, at least one Godparent must be Catholic who participates in the sacraments and is registered and active at a Catholic Church. The other may be a practicing Catholic or a baptized Christian.
In addition, the Catholic Godparent must:
Be 16 years of age or older
Be a fully initiated Catholic ( through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)
A child may have one or two Godparents; If two, Godparents must be one male and one female