Baptized Children in Another Christian Tradition
Baptized Children in another Christian Tradition
The path of children in grades 1 through 8, who were baptized in another Christian tradition (Lutheran, Methodist, etc.) whose baptism is recognized as valid by the Catholic Church, will be a part of a Catholic faith formation process adapted for children and be received into full communion when they are sufficiently prepared.
The parents must obtain a recent copy of the child’s baptismal certificate from their church of baptism and give it to the Faith Formation Director.
If a child is under 7 and is baptized in another Christian tradition and the parents are received into Full Communion with the Roman Catholic Church it is understood that the child is automatically recognized as a member of the Roman Catholic Church too. The child will participate in the regular Faith Formation Sessions with their peers.
If a child has reached the age of reason (8 years old) and the parents/ or child with the parents’ permission is seeking to become Catholic, there is need to prepare the child for as long as necessary and to celebrate the Rite of Reception into Full Communion of the Catholic Church. The child receives Confirmation and First Communion at the Celebration of Reception into Full Communion of the Catholic Church.
What will that process look like at St. Mary?
For baptized children in another Christian tradition:
Children will participate in the Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the 11:00 a.m. liturgy (please check the schedule for dates).
During the catechumenate children will also participate in either the Catholic school sessions or the Tuesday evening faith formation sessions with their peers where they will learn doctrines of our faith. Their faith formation process will last until they are fully prepared.
The children, their parents and their sponsor will participate in any extra sacramental preparation sessions outside of their regular religious formation class as deemed necessary by the Faith Formation Director in order to effectively prepare for their sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation.
The children are required to have a Catholic sponsor during their spiritual process. A sponsor is a person who has received all three sacraments of initiation, is over the age of sixteen, knows the child well, who will accompany the child on their faith journey, and who will testify publicly in liturgical ceremonies to the candidate’s readiness to advance to each new step in the process. A sponsor will participate in all of the liturgical rites.
The children, their sponsor and their families are required to participate in
Rite of Welcoming
Presentation of the Creed (if appropriate)
Presentation of the Lord’s Prayer (if appropriate)
Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reception of the Baptized Christian into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church
The children will continue with their faith formation sessions through grade 8 and also into high school by participating in the parish Youth Group. It is so important that they continue their spiritual studies as they continue to grow in understanding of who they are, who Jesus is for them, learning how to trust in God and to comfortably pray with Jesus and come to appreciate what the sacraments will mean to them as they grow in life’s experiences.
Please contact our Faith Formation Director, Donna Trudell, at (248) 547-1810 X207 to register your child.