It’s so beautiful to behold the love that parents have for their children. Parents want the best for their child. But know that the Church, who is also a Mother, desires the best for your child, too!
Yesterday as today, God has a loving plan for each and every one of us. This is why God takes every initiative to offer his love to every child, first and foremost through parental love. To choose to have your child baptized is to desire to offer your child the best right now and for the future: the very love of God! It is a commitment to ensure his/her human and Christian development, knowing full well that all baptized children must do their part, commit themselves and make their own choices.
If you so desire, your child will be baptized in the faith of the Catholic Church. By this decision, you as parents dedicate yourselves to helping them, from the youngest age, to develop healthy lifestyle habits for their spiritual life. Indeed, Baptism is only the first step of the journey of initiation into Christian life. This journey will introduce your child to the life of Jesus and his teachings, in order to learn how to live in a way that is worthy of Him. To do this, your child will need the support of his/her parents as well as other Christians, who will help him/her awaken to and be initiated into faith in Jesus Christ..
Their role: Accepting to sponsor a child is to accept a great responsibility. In fact, the chosen godfather and godmother commit themselves to support your child’s faith development, not only during the baptismal preparation but also throughout the preparations for his/her First Communion, profession of faith and Confirmation: a crucial role throughout the very early stages of your child’s Christian life. You must, therefore, take the time to choose this faithful person wisely; they should share your personal and spiritual values. Make this a beautiful lifelong gift to your child!
The Church requests that the godparents be at least 16 years old, baptized, confirmed and having received the Eucharist. It is, therefore, necessary to provide a baptismal certificate with annotation of Confirmation to be able to become a godmother or godfather.
Please contact the parish office for more information and to schedule your child’s baptism at 514-648-9424.