SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

We wish to welcome your newborn to our parish family! We are pleased to celebrate the Sacramental Mystery of Baptism for your child. For the sake of the common good of our diocese and the community of faith at St. Christopher Parish, we ask you and your family to be attentive to the following expectations and requirements:

  • Bring your Certificate of Attendance for the Pre-Baptism Preparation Class. Both parents and godparents must attend the orientation or obtain similar certificates from other Parish programs (pending verification). Bring the Certificate of Attendance for the Pre-Baptism Preparation Class for godparent(s). If one is a “Christian Witness” (a Non-Catholic baptized Christian) we encourage them to attend the orientation also. These certificates are only valid for 24 months from initial issue.
  • Class Fee & Parish Donation. Parents who are registered, active parish members of St. Christopher Parish (participating for three months or more since registration) have priority on the calendar. Also, active members have the possibility of a lower expectation for their fee (perceiving use of envelopes or on-line giving for their donations at Sunday Mass).
  • Bring the “Original Birth Certificate” of your child. Hospital Certificate of Birth is NOT acceptable in lieu of an original birth certificate.
  • Bring the completed “Infant Baptism Parental Consent Form.” This form must be signed by both parents (or legal guardian) to show their mutual consent to the Baptism.
  • Bring the signed Affidavit for Catholic Godparent(s). Godparents are fully initiated Catholics (with documents of Baptism, Confirmation, and 1st Eucharist). Our office can only verify Original documents (with parish seals), thus no faxes or copies, please!
  • Children who have reached seven years of age cannot be baptized as infants. They are now of catechetical age and so you will need to register your child for the Pre-Catechumenate where they will begin their two-year journey of faith to celebrate the 3 Sacraments of Initiation through the RCIA process adapted for Children. For this you must contact the Religious Education/Faith Formation office at (702) 657-6779.

God bless you as you raise your child in The Way.[*] Present original documents only. Before we can reserve a date for community baptisms, you must present all of your documents (one month or more ahead of time). Incomplete information may result in the need to postpone your child’s Baptism. Remember, Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation and a fundamental sign of unity for our Catholic Church communities. This implies that your spiritual effort with the paper work supports the common good of the Body of Christ, the People of God who follow Christ because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Gospel of John, Chapter 14).


[*] The Way: a name used by the early Christian community for itself. See in the New Testament, the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 9, verse 1-3 [9:2] ; see also Acts 18:2619:92322:424:1422.

GODPARENTS

Being a sponsor is more than just an honor given to a good friend or relative. Sponsorship implies a real appreciation of the faith, a practice of the same, and a sense of responsibility for handing on the faith to the person being baptized.

To avoid the risk of spiritual contradiction, a sponsor must:

  1. Be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents, or the one who takes their place or, in their absence, by the pastor.
  2. Have completed their sixteenth year.
  3. Be a fully initiated Catholic, having been baptized, confirmed and received the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.
  4. Lead a life in harmony with the faith, the qualifications and intentions to perform this role.
  5. If married, a spouse cannot be in a “free union” or merely married civilly; rather, their marriage must be sacramental with the blessing of the Church.
  6. Not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

Baptismal Times

English baptisms are every 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month at 8am.