Baptism


The Sacrament of Baptism
 is a time for the child, their parents, and godparents to be welcomed to a place where they truly belong: the Catholic Church. Through the sacrament of baptism, the child is made a child of God and endowed with the grace of God and the promise of salvation in Christ Jesus. As parents, you will journey with your child and raise them in the Catholic Faith through regular prayer in the home and frequent participation in Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. By leading your child to Jesus in the Mass, you lead your child to Christ by your witness and faith. The Godparents are to assist the parents and child along this journey through prayer and encouragement. 

Click here to review Sacred Heart Parish's Baptismal Policy.

What happens when a child is baptized?

The child to be baptized becomes a child of God and blessed with the removal of original sin through the washing of water in the baptismal font. The child is washed clean and presented anew to the parish community. By doing so, the parents and godparents take on the responsibility of nurturing the faith of the child by raising them in the Catholic Church. Each child that is baptized is a tremendous blessing to their family and a tremendous joy to be celebrated by the parish community.

How early are arrangements made?

Before your child can be baptized, you must complete the entire Baptism preparation process. This includes the following:

1. Meeting with Faith Formation Staff for an initial interview.

This is a brief interview with you and Faith Formation Staff to discuss your desire to have your child baptized, the preparation process, and scheduling the baptism.

2. Completing the Baptism Registration Form.

You will have the opportunity to complete this form during your initial interview.

3. Choosing appropriate individuals as Godparents and having
these individuals complete the appropriate permission form.

Faith Formation Staff will discuss how to choose sponsors and provide you with the appropriate forms during your initial interview. Please have your sponsors complete and return these no later than FOUR WEEKS prior to the tentative Baptism date.

4. Attending a Baptism Preparation Class at Sacred Heart Parish.

You are required to attend a two hour class that covers the topics of the Church’s teaching on infant baptism, the role of the faith community in baptism, and the liturgy of baptism. Classes are offered once a month and you will register for a class when you meet with Faith Formation Staff.  Parents and Godparents who have attended a Baptism class in the past year are exempt from this requirement.


What is the preparation?

Baptism preparation classes are scheduled on Sundays from 12:30-2:30 pm once per month. These classes will present the basic teachings of baptism, offer encouragement to the parents and godparents in attendance, and include a walk through of the baptismal liturgy. The program utilizes videos from the Belonging baptism preparation program from Ascension Press as well as witness testimony from Sacred Heart Parishioners. Combined, the baptism preparation class presents the parents and godparents with a practical and meaningful preparation for their role in raising their child as a faithful follower of Christ. 

When will the Baptism take place?

Baptisms are celebrated on the first weekend of each month at Sacred Heart Parish during the:

8:15am Mass at Holy Rosary

10:15am Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help

9:00am Mass at Sacred Heart

11:30am Mass at Sacred Heart

10:00am (Saturday) outside of Mass at Sacred Heart

5:30pm (Saturday) Mass at Sacred Heart

Up to two baptisms can be scheduled during each Mass on the first weekend of each month.

For complete dates and times, please contact the Faith Formation Office.

Baptisms are not celebrated during the Season of Lent.

Contact the Faith Formation Office for upcoming dates. 719-633-8711 x105

Godparents

The role of Godparent is reserved for those Catholic Christians who are willing and able to assist the parents in raising the child to be baptized as a faithful Catholic. Practicing non-Catholic Christians are permitted to serve as Christian witnesses to the baptism. According to Diocesan policy, if a person is not able to attend the baptism, they cannot serve in the role of Godparent.

All Godparents must meet the following requirements:

The Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law lists these requirements for a person to be a valid and lawful godparent in Baptism:

Canon 872 - The godparent’s role with the parents is to present the infant for the sacrament of Baptism and help the child live a life befitting a baptized Catholic Christian.

Canon 873 – There may be only one male godparent or one female godparent or one of each.

Canon 874
1- To be permitted to take on the function of godparent a person must:

  1. Be designated by the parent and must be mature enough to   undertake this responsibility;

   2. Be at least 16 years of age;

   3. Have received the three sacraments of initiation namely Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation and live a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;

   4. Not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared by the Church;

   5. Must not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized;

2- A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Christian community may not be admitted as a godparent but as a witness to the Baptism together with a Catholic godparent.


For more information about the Sacrament of Baptism:

Contact Roberto Chavez at 719-633-8711 x105 or email formationdirector@sacredheartcos.org.