Baptism
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.
“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments” (CCC 1213).
Through Baptism we are:
- Freed from sin and reborn as adopted sons and daughters of God
 - Welcomed into the Body of Christ as members of His Church
- Freed from the power of darkness to walk in the light as children of God
- Made sharers in the mission of the Church
If you are an adult seeking Baptism please click the link below to learn more about the process of being received into the Catholic Church.
Requirements for Baptism
Forms
There are a couple forms that must filled out prior to the Baptism of your child. In the registration packet below you will find all the forms needed. The packet includes a Baptismal Information Form which provides all the information the Director of Faith Formation needs to begin the process. The second form is the the Godparent Good Standing form which must be completed by each Godparent and returned.
Baptism Classes
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 their child’s life. Parents will join with other families in exploring the Sacrament of Baptism and the commitment it requires of you as parents. There 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.
Baptism prep classes are offered on the first and third Tuesdays of the Month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m in the Church Hall.  An RSVP to the Faith Formation Director is required to attend.
Choosing Godparents
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 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:
Help their Godchild grow in faith
Teach their Godchild about the Catholic traditions
Model for their Godchild how to live a Catholic life

 When choosing Godparents they must be:
A Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and regularly participates in the Eucharist
An active member of a Catholic faith community
At least sixteen years of age.
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.
Setting the Date
Once all paperwork has been submitted and Baptism classes have been completed by parents and Godparents, you will be able to set the date for the baptism of your child. This must be done at least 2 weeks in advance. Baptisms will be offered on most Saturdays of the Month.
Questions?
Send me a message
Phillip Sandoval
Director of Faith Formation
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
2626 E 7th Avenue Parkway, Denver CO 80206  l  (303)322-7706  l  goodshep@aol.com