Infant & Young Child Baptism
Infant & Young Child Baptism Information
(Under the age of 7)
Congratulations on the birth of your child. Baptism is a great gift and a great responsibility. We are happy to walk with you as you take the necessary steps to prepare yourselves to understand what is expected of you as parents and to be fully aware of the promises you’ll be making to God at your child’s baptism celebration.
The Process for Infant & Young Child Baptisms
- Parents are registered members of St. Mary Catholic Church. To register please stop by or contact the Parish Office at 248-547-1818. Belonging to the Church means that we are all connected; we are all members of the Body of Christ. Belonging to the Church is a gift and a responsibility. As you bring your child to receive the sacrament of baptism, you are saying you want this gift and accept responsibility for raising your child Catholic.
- Complete and submit an online Infant Baptism Request Form. Forms can be downloaded and submitted to the Pastoral Associate via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in-person to the Parish Office. Required paperwork must be submitted to the Pastoral Associate, Christine Wagberg, before you take the required Baptism Preparation Class.
- Parents must attend a Baptism preparation class before receiving a date for your child’s baptism. Godparents are strongly encouraged to attend the class. The Baptism preparation class is for the adults only. It is our experience that parents get more out of the sessions if they are not easily distracted.
Infant Baptism Preparation Class Schedule
|November||7th||7 pm-8:30 pm||CH|
|January 2018||3rd||7 pm-8:30 pm||CH|
|February||7th||7 pm-8:30 pm||CH|
|April||4th||7 pm-8:30 pm||CH|
|May||2nd||7 pm-8:30 pm||CH|
|June||5th||7 pm-8:30 pm||CH|
- Once we have received your completed form and you have attended the infant baptism preparation class, the Pastoral Associate will contact you to schedule a date for your child’s baptism.
Celebration of the Sacrament
The sacrament of Baptism for infants and children under the age of 7 is typically administered on the 2nd weekend of the month at St. Mary Church during the regularly scheduled weekend masses.
Requirements for Godparents
Requirements for godparents are as follows: must be sixteen years old. Is a Catholic who has received all three sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) and who leads a life of faith in the Catholic Church. Code of Canon Law #874
It is customary to have both a godfather and a godmother, but you may choose to have just one. It is not possible to have two males or two females as godparents.
Godparents are strongly encouraged to the Baptism preparation class. If they cannot attend the class here at St. Mary, they are more than welcomed to take the class at their home parish.
“Can I have a non-Catholic be a godparent?”
The answer to that is no, but a Christian witness may be chosen as long as a Catholic godparent has already been chosen for your child. A Christian witness is not a godparent, since the godparent has the mission to hand on and teach the Catholic faith by word and example to their godchild. The godparent will also make a brief profession of their Catholic faith in the Baptism ceremony. In allowing a baptized non-Catholic to stand in as a Christian witness, the Church acknowledges that person’s common Baptism that is shared by followers of Jesus Christ and truly appreciates that person’s great love for the child.