Baptism is the beginning of the journey of faith for your child. Through baptism, your child becomes part of our faith community in the Catholic Church. Through the teaching example of parents, the child will grow as a follower of Christ and active member of the church. That’s why we have a special program to prepare the parents and godparents and help raise their consciousness about this important responsibility.
STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR CHILD BAPTIZED:
Please stop by the Parish Center to fill out an infant baptism data form.
There is a fee of $60 ($40 if currently enrolled in Religious Education) for the baptism and is required to be paid when data form is turned in.
Once the filled out form and fee have been received by the parish center an appointment for an interview will be scheduled with Deacon Chuck and Marge Baker.
Interviews are conducted on Wednesday evenings.
During the interview two things will be scheduled, the preparation sessions the parents and godparents are required to attend, and the baptism itself.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARENTS:
At least one parent should be Catholic.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GODPARENTS:
He/she is to be at least 16 years old, completed all sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist, & Confirmation), practicing their faith, and willing to accept the responsibility of supporting their godchild in faith. If married, they must have been married in the Catholic Church and be able to receive all sacraments.
A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be a witness to a baptism together with a Catholic godparent.
The godparents must also attend both preparation sessions, which we offer here in our parish, or they could attend classes at their own parish.
THE PREPARATION SESSIONS:
We offer our sessions twice a month at St. Linus. One is for the parents to attend, and the second is to be attended by both the parents and godparents. The meetings last approximately one hour. Please come to your first session ten minutes early to make sure we have all the correct information on your form. No children please.
You may download and print the baptism application by clicking on the link below. You may return the completed baptism application and return to the St. Linus Parish Office.