Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Baptism Requirements
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For Infant Baptism:

  1. Infants should be baptized soon after birth, but sufficient time is necessary for the proper instruction.
  2. Children who are seven years of age or older must receive instruction in the church before being baptized (see adult baptism).
  3. The ordinary place for baptism is in the parish Church of the parents.
  4. One of the parents or legal guardian must request baptism.
  5. There must be a founded hope that the child baptized will be brought up in the Catholic Religion.
  6. 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 two godparents, one man and one woman.
  7. 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 of 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. The sponsors of an adult, in addition of an infant, are encouraged to accompany the catechumen/candidate through the stages of preparation for the sacraments of initiation.

 

GODPARENT REQUIREMENTS

  1. (If married) Must be married in the Catholic Church and not living with someone outside of marriage.
  2. (If single) Single person can not be living with someone outside of marriage.
  3. Godparents must be confirmed & must live within confines of the Catholic faith.

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