Baptism is a birth into the Christian community and is in every way as solemn and important as birth itself.
- In asking to have a child baptized, parents demonstrate their desire to share the life of Christ with their child.
- In asking to be baptized, adults demonstrate their desire to share in the life of Christ.
Paths to Baptism
- Parents wishing to have their babies baptized are to complete the process outlined below.
- Parents will register children aged five to twelve in the current Catechism Programfor baptism.
- Adults may join the RCIA Programto prepare for baptism.
- Mandatory Baptism Preparation Class
· Baptism Preparation class is a prerequisite before having each child baptized. Parents must attend this class without any exception. Godparents are also encouraged to attend this class along with the parents.
· St. Anne’s Parish offers a baptism class thrice annually (January, May and September). For more information and to register please call the office @ 780-674-2662.
- Application for Baptism
- After the preparation class, parents must download and complete the application for Baptism, (see button below to download a word document copy) following the instructions in the form.
- Meet the pastor with the completed application and the copies of the required documents as given in the application form.
- Qualifications for Godparents
- A godparent for must be:
- a baptized Catholic who has received the Eucharist and has been Confirmed
- at least 16 years of age
- a practicing Catholic who participates in the Eucharistic celebration on Sundays
- a responsible role model of Catholic faith
- a willing supporter of the child, encouraging development and growth in the Catholic faith
- Additional Clarification:
- If there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other female.
- Both godparents do not have to be from the same marriage.
- The marriage of a godparent must be seen as valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church.
- If the godparent is not from St. Anne’s Parish, Barrhead, he/she should get a letter of good standing from his / her pastor.
- A baptized non-Catholic may not sponsor but may serve as a witness alongside a Catholic sponsor.
- Non-baptized persons may not serve in the role of sponsor or witness.
4. Request for Certificate of Baptism
To obtain a certificate of baptism, complete and mail the Baptismal Certificate Form (see button below to download a word document copy) to the parish office. A certificate is not guaranteed but a complete search will be conducted based on the information provided.