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 babies baptized are to complete the process outlined below.
- Parents will register children aged five to twelve in the current Catechism Program for baptism.
- Adults may join the RCIA Program to prepare for baptism.
- Baptismal Application
Parents must complete a Baptismal Application including the following items before baptism:
- a copy of the birth certificate of the child to be baptized
- copy of a certificate or letter confirming attendance of parents and godparents at a recent baptism class
- a letter of permission from the pastor of parents who are not members of St. Anne’s Parish
Submit the completed application and accompanying documents to the office of St. Anne’s Parish.
- Mandatory Baptism Preparation Class
Baptism class is a prerequisite before having each child baptized. Parents must attend one ninety-minute class about the Sacrament of Baptism.
St. Anne’s Parish offers a baptism class twice annually. If parents cannot attend on those dates, please contact the parish priest to discuss the possibility of a class at a more convenient time.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Request for Certificate of Baptism
To obtain a certificate of baptism, complete and mail the Baptismal Certificate Form to the parish office. A certificate is not guaranteed but a complete search will be conducted based on the information provided.