Sacrament of Baptism (Infants and Children under age 7)

Information for Infant & Children’s Baptism  (Under 7 years of age)

The Sacrament of Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit  and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Those preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism need the prayerful support and witness of the people of the local community of faith—the Parish.

Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop. 

Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism is an opportunity for the Church to encourage both Parents/Godparents to re-examine the meaning of the Christian Message in their own lives, and how they can mutually support one another for years to come.

Baptism calls for conversion and a new lifestyle. The Christian Community invites the newly baptized to follow the Risen Lord, by shaping their lives on principals and values of the Gospel.

Parents/Guardians are invited to continue to remain part of the Community–by participating in the Sacraments and Lifelong Formation opportunities offered for children ages pre-k through High School, and Adult Formation events.

Parents and Guardians are invited to consider the following:

Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism at Christ the King includes the following:

  • Initial meeting with Staff member
  • Registration at the Parish- become a member at Christ the King Parish (if not yet registered)
  • Pay $20.00 fee for booklet used in Baptism Formation Session (Parents/Guardians and your Godparents will also purchase a set).
  • Attendance at one of the Baptism Formation sessions (see 2018-2019 Session Calendar below)
    • Ideally parents/guardians and Godparents attend together
  • Completion of Baptism paperwork, to include the following:

    • Copy of child’s birth certificate
    • Godparent paperwork
      • Copy of Confirmation certificate for each Godparent
      • Review “Special role and Qualifications” for Godparents
      • Once all of the above is completed, families are free to request a Baptism date for their child.

2019  Baptism Formation Classes for Parents/Guardians and Godparents:
  • Summer Session – Sunday June 30th, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (4 Hour Retreat Style) in Sister Joan’s Room
  • Please call Parish office to schedule face to face gathering, so we can know how to serve you
  • Fall Sessions – Dates TBA
The special role of Godparents:

A Godparent is to assist the parents/guardians in presenting an infant for Baptism, and who will help the baptized lead a Catholic Christian. They are called to continue to walking faithfully alongside of the child for years to come.

A Godparent is not the same as a legal guardian in the event that the parents/guardians should perish.

Questions to consider when selecting a Godparent:

1) Does this person or couple live their Catholic Faith in an exemplary way that will help my child grow in their faith?

2) Do I feel reasonably confident that they will encourage my child to live the Catholic Faith throughout the journey of my child’s life?

3) What are my hopes for my child’s relationship with their Godparents?

4) Will they provide a positive Catholic witness for my child?

5) Have I selected one male (Godfather) and one female (Godmother) who will walk with my child throughout their entire faith life?

6) Have I chosen at least one Godparent who is fully initiated? (Fully initiated means they have been Baptized, received Eucharist and Confirmation)

(NOTE: One non-Confirmed Christian may act as a Christian Witness when standing alongside of Confirmed Sponsor.)

Qualifications for Godparents/Sponsors (Per Diocese Guidelines)

  • Has the capability and intention of carrying out the responsibility of the Godparent
    • Attendance at the Baptism Formation session is desirable
  • Has been a fully initiated Catholic (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation)
  • Is at least 16 years of age
  • Not be either the father or mother of the one to be Baptized
  • Each child may have one Godmother and one Godfather. All official paperwork will only list one male and one female to act as Godparents.
  • Leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken

Baptism calls for conversion and a new lifestyle. The Christian Community invites the newly baptized to follow the Risen Lord, by shaping their lives on principals and values of the Gospel.

Parents/Guardians are invited to continue to remain part of the Community–by participating in the Sacraments and Lifelong Formation opportunities offered for children ages pre-k through High School, and Adult Formation events.

Need more information? Please contact Sarah at 542-9248 ext. 121 or email at snelson@ctkpueblo.org

 

Initial Baptismal Greeting Letter 2018