Frequently Asked Questions
1) When should I have my child baptized?
Parents are encouraged to baptize their child within the first few weeks after their birth. We do, however, ask parents to attend a baptism preparation class before presenting their child for this sacrament – this is to ensure the parents fully understand the sacrament, and their expected roles in raising the child in their Catholic faith.
All Catholic parents are encouraged to baptize their children in their Catholic faith. Even if a child was not baptized as an infant (or before the age of reason – 7 years old), we would like to work with you to see that your child in brought into sacramental union with the Church.
Refer to the Baptism page for information on attending the Baptism Preparation class before scheduling the baptism.
2) What if my child is older than 7 years of age?
You contact the parish priest and discuss having your child baptised.
3) Must both parents be Catholic?
The hope is to raise the child in the Catholic faith. Baptism will not be delayed if both parents are not Catholic. The proper persons to present the child for baptism are the parents. If they are unable, another family member may present and agree to raise the child in the faith.
4) What if the parents of the child are not married?
The child’s baptism will not be delayed for unmarried parents.
5) What if my spouse is not Catholic?
Consent of at least one parent is necessary.
6) What if one spouse is Catholic but not married in the Catholic Church?
This will not delay the child’s baptism. We encourage you to contact a priest or deacon to ask about con-validation – having your marriage recognized in the Catholic Church.
PREPARATION FOR BAPTISM
7) Do I need to be a member of the parish?
We ask that you be a registered and active member * of the Catholic Church of the Resurrection OR of another Catholic parish.
* An active member is registered with a parish, attends Mass on a regular basis, supports the parish through the giving of time, talent, and communications from the parish.
If you are registered and active members at another parish – you must submit a “letter of permission” from the priest which states that you are registered, active parishioners at that parish and which grants permission for the baptism to occur at the Catholic Church of the Resurrection. This letter must be provided when you are scheduling the baptism.
8) What are the steps to have my child baptized?
The parents are to be registered and active members at a Catholic parish and are to attend a baptism preparation class.
9) How are baptisms scheduled? Where and when are they held:
Once you have attended the pre-baptism instructions you will contact the office on tel no: (021) 557-6780 to schedule a Baptism. Baptism takes place after the 10:30am mass.
10) What if I want a visiting priest or deacon to perform the baptism?
When you are scheduling the baptism, notify the scheduler of this request. If the priest/deacon is outside the Archdiocese of the parish, he would need to contact the priest of the parish to get approval.
11) How many godparents may I have?
You may select two godparents; only one is required for Baptism. If one is chosen, he/she must be an actively practicing Catholic (see requirements below). If two are chosen, one must be male and one female. One must be Catholic, the other must be a baptized Christian.
12) What are the requirements for being a godparent?
According to the requirements of the Catholic Church’s Canon Law (872-874), at least one must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church and
– At least 16 years of age and received the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation
– If married, it must be a valid sacramental marriage
– Not be bound by canonical penalties
– Not be the father or mother of the child to be baptized.
The second godparent, if not Catholic, must be a baptized Christian; he/she is called a witness.
15) What if we don’t have a Catholic family or friend available to be a godparent?
We will provide guidance in identifying an actively, practicing Catholic in the community who may step forward as godparent.
16) What if a godparent is unable to be at the baptism?
You may have a proxy stand in for the absentee godparent. If you know beforehand, please notify the scheduler of the proxy’s name. If it happens the day of the baptism, be sure to notify the priest/deacon as they must note it on the documentation.
17) Can I change the godparents later?
If the godparent(s) do not follow through in this spiritual relationship, you may decide to engage other family or friends to support you and your child in this role. However, godparents listed in the official baptism register can never be changed since they were the historical witnesses to the baptism and entered into a permanent spiritual relationship with the baptized.
DAY of BAPTISM
18) What should my child wear for their baptism?
A white garment is traditional, signifying cleansing received in the waters of Baptism and the purity of beginning a new life in Christ. You may wish to change your child into this garment once you’ve arrived for the baptism. Allow extra time for this.
19) What should parents and godparents wear for the baptism?
You may want to dress as you would for a special family celebration. We ask that family and friends dress respectful of the sacred space.
20) What time should we arrive?
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the baptism to allow for parking and situating your family in the church.
21) What should I bring for my child’s baptism?
If you had not submitted eligibility letter(s) for the Catholic godparent(s) registered at another parish, please bring letter(s) to the baptism.
Bring a baptismal candle with. Personalised baptism candles can be arranged. Contact the office on tel no: (021) 557-6780.
22) May we take pictures during the baptism?
Yes. You may also take pictures afterward. We ask that you respect the sacred space.
23) What will I need to say during the Baptism?
Please refer to the handout, Rite of Baptism and Renunciation of Sin, provided in the folder from
Baptism Preparation class.
If you do not have it, you will be prompted by the priest/deacon.
24) Does it cost anything to have my child baptized?
No. Generally, it is customary to give a gift (stipend) to the celebrant of baptism. The amount is at your discretion.