Baptism

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To register for Baptism, parents need to submit to the parish office  a copy of the child’s birth certificate.  The Godparents must have completed all of the sacraments:  baptism, 1st communion, and confirmation and if they are married, must be married in the Catholic church.  Parents and Godparents must attend a baptismal preparation class.  There is a $50 fee, per child, for registration.
 
Diocesan Policy for the Reception of Baptism Infant Baptism:Infants should be baptized soon after birth, but sufficient time is necessary for the proper instruction.Children who are seven years of age or older must receive instruction in the church before being baptized (see adult baptism).The ordinary place for baptism is in the parish church of the parents.One of the parents or legal guardian must request baptism.There must be a founded hope that the child baptized will be brought up in the Catholic Religion.Godparents must have received Baptism, Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist, should be at least 16 years of age, and should be practicing Catholics who are able to give the example of a good Catholic life. There are normally to be two godparents, one man and one woman.  If they are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.A baptized non-Catholic may not be a godparent but may be an official witness to the baptism, as long as there is one Catholic godparent.Baptism is not to be conferred until parents and godparents have attended pre-baptismal instruction. The responsibilities of parents and godparents are to be reviewed, as well as preparation for the celebration of the rite baptism.For Adults:The norm established by the Church (1972) for the preparation of adults and children who have reached the age of reason to be received into the Church calls for a communal and gradual initiation into the mystery of Christ. There are five steps:An adult who seeks baptism into the Church is to be admitted to “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (R.C.I.A.), which should be part of every parish. This is normally done by speaking personally with the priest of the parish in which one lives. Children who have reached the age of reason are the be admitted to the ”Rite of Christian Initiation for Children” (R.C.I.C.).An adult who has already received Christian baptism but not in the Catholic Church and wishes to be received into the Catholic Church is to follow the stages as set forth in the same rite as a candidate for reception into full communion.All participating in the R.C.I.A. are to be confirmed immediately after receiving baptism or after being received into full communion. They are to fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist which includes the reception of Holy Communion. This takes place normally during the Easter vigil service.The sponsors of an adult, in addition to fulfilling the same requirements as for a sponsor of an infant, are encouraged to accompany the catechumen/candidate through the stages of preparation for the sacraments of initiation.
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