Welcome, and congratulations on the blessing of your child!
We at Good Shepherd share your joy and look forward to the day when your child will be welcomed into the Catholic Christian community of faith. We are excited to walk with you as you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism in this parish community.
The parent(s) of the child to be baptized are required to attend a preparation class prior to the child being baptized. This baptism class will help to prepare the parents for this special day in your child’s life. You will join with other families in exploring the Sacrament of Baptism and the commitment it requires of you as parents. You will have many opportunities for personal reflection, sharing, and dialogue. We would like to extend a special welcome to our non-Catholic parents. We hope you will feel comfortable participating in these sessions and sharing your stories.
Choosing a Godparent
When you invite a person(s) to serve as your child’s Godparent, you are asking this individual(s) to make a lifelong commitment to your child. The day of your child’s Baptism marks just the beginning of the Godparent-Godchild relationship. It is the hope of the Church of the Catholic community that your child’s Godparents will be lifelong companions who will nurture your child’s faith and help him or her become a true disciple of Christ.
Godparents are called to:
Ø Help their Godchild grow in faith
Ø Teach their Godchild about the Catholic traditions
Ø Model for their Godchild how to live a Catholic life
When choosing a Godparent(s) they must be:
Ø A Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and regularly participates in the Eucharist.
Ø An active member of a Catholic faith community
Ø At least sixteen years of age.
Ø If married, they must be married in the Church
Please Note: All Godparents will be required to attend a baptism preparation class or submit a letter/certificate that they have attended a class from another Catholic parish community.
Please fill out the attached Baptismal Registration form, collect all letters/certificates for the Godparents, and submit to the Rectory office. Once everything has been submitted and classes have been completed, you will be able to set the date for the baptism of your child, (at least 2 weeks in advance). Baptisms will be offered on most Saturdays of the Month.
Baptism prep classes is offered on the first and third Tuesdays of the Month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. (RSVP to the Faith Formation office is required). For more information contact Good Shepherd Director of Faith Formation, Phillip Sandoval at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 261-1028.