Our Catholic community joins you in thanking God for the gift of new life. As you prepare to have your child baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, it is highly recommended that you follow these guidelines with regards to this sacrament:
Parents are the first teachers of the Faith and have the primary responsibility to hand on the faith to their children (Code of Canon Law 226 §2). Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon as possible after the birth (Code of Canon Law 867 - §1).
In asking to have their child baptized, parents take on the responsibility to raise their child in a Catholic environment. Among other things, this means:
In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that:
It is important to understand that Godparents make a profession of faith for the person to be baptized if necessary, and provide spiritual guardianship for the baptized person throughout their lives.
The most serious responsibility a godparent has is to make sure that the baptized person is given proper instruction in the faith, particularly when the parents neglect this duty or are otherwise unable to do so. If the parents die or become unable to teach their child the faith, it is the responsibility of the godparent to ensure that the child learns the faith. Godparents should always provide a living example of the Catholic faith to the baptized person. In addition to knowing the faith, they must also live the faith. The witness of their lives should provide inspiration to the baptized person. Godparents should follow the commands of the Church, believe its teachings, and strive to build it up. Godparents are not merely “gift-givers”. Giving gifts may be done at the will of the Godparents, but it is not a requirement of the role. Godparents should be chosen based on their spiritual maturity and holiness, not their financial situation. Godparents have serious duties and obligations, so parents should carefully choose them to ensure they will comply.
You will need to bring with you: