The Sacrament of Baptism is a person's initiation into the Christian way of life. It is a celebration for our Church as well as for your family.
PRE-BAPTISMAL CLASS - Information is given on the meaning of Baptism, the responsibilities of Christian parents, the qualifications for godparents, and an overview of the ritual. The class is required for first-time parents, and they can attend a class held at any Catholic parish.
GODPARENT(S) - Please read carefully the minimum qualifications below and be sure the person you choose meets them. Parents may select two qualified Catholics (a male and a female), however only one qualified Catholic is required.
A godparent must:
- be at least 16 years of age
- be fully-initiated (i.e. received all three Sacraments: Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation)
- be a Catholic who attends Mass regularly, believes the teachings of Christ and the Church, and lives accordingly
- if married, be married by a Catholic priest/deacon, not just a civil marriage
- submit a Sponsor Certificate from their pastor, including St. Martin Parishioners, indicating they fulfill the above qualifications
N.B. A person may be a good, wonderful person; however a Catholic never fully-initiated, in a marriage not recognized by the Church; cohabitates as if married; or left the Catholic Church may not serve at this time as a godparent.
Non-Catholic Witness - A baptized, non-Catholic may serve as a Christian Witness along with a Catholic godparent. A Witness is not Catholic, but is an adult baptized (not merely dedicated) in another Christian tradition other than Catholic. A Witness is not considered a second godparent but can be noted in the record as a witness to the baptism.
SCHEDULING - A Baptism will be tentatively scheduled until the required Sponsor Certificate(s) are received. Baptisms are celebrated during or after a Mass on Sundays (except in Advent and Lent). For more information on Baptisms please complete the form below. A staff person will contact you.