F.A.Q.

DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER TO HAVE MY BABE BAPTIZES AT ST. GABRILE PARISH?

The celebration of all our sacraments are community events and our community is our parish where we live. If you are a Catholic parent living with the boundaries of St. Gabriel's, you have the right to have your child baptized here. If you live in another city, but for family or other reasons would like to have your child baptized here, that is a possibility with approval. Please talk to your priest about your situation.

WHEN IS THE BAPTISM HELD?

You may choose to have your child baptized during any scheduled weekend Mass, or you may join the community Baptism outside of Mass. For serious pastoral reasons, your child could be baptized at another time with the approval of the priest. (Except in Advent and Lent). See schedule

ARE WE REQUIRED TO ATTEND ANY MEETINGS OR CLASSES?

Here at St. Gabriel's, we require that all first-time parents attend an orientation class before scheduling the Baptism of their child. At this class, you will learn all about the sacrament itself, have your questions answered, and learn successful ways we can help you to incorporate the faith into your family life. This is a one-time class that lasts between sixty and ninety minutes, and both parents are to attend. You are also required to make an appointment with the priest.

WHO CAN BE A GODPARENT?

Every person being baptized, whether a child or an adult, must have a godparent. The minimum requirement is one godparent, but usually when infants are baptized, they have two, one of each gender. Canon law permits only one godparent of each gender – a godmother and a godfather.
To be a godparent, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Have received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
  • Be an active Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish
  • Not be the parent of the one being baptized
  • Show evidence of being a registered, active member of a parish, if needed

If you wish, along with the Catholic godparent, one godparent can be a baptized Christian in good standing. They would be known as a Christian witness.

WHAT IF I AM NOT MARRIED?

This situation, by itself, is not a sufficient reason to delay the baptism of your child. You will be asked to attend the parent class and will then meet with the priest to discuss your responsibilities to raise your child in the faith as single parents.

WHAT IF WE WERE NOT MARRIED IN THE CHURCH?

Jesus gave us His Sacraments to confer Grace upon us. It is this Grace that strengthens us to live according to His commandments. And this includes all of His sacraments. We support your decision to commit to each other in a civil marriage and would like to discuss the benefits to you and your relationship of inviting God into your life together by having your marriage "blessed" in the Church. Every situation is a little different, so please discuss this with your priest..

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

There is no cost to have your child baptized. Donations made to the Church are always accepted.

DOCUMENTS?

  • Copy of the Birth Certificate
  • A letter of goodstanding for the godparents (from the parish where they are registered)

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE OF MY DESIRED DATE SHOULD I CALL?

It is a good idea to call at least six weeks before the desired date of baptism. Sometimes couples contact the parish office even before their baby has been born.