We want to have our child
baptized . . . where do we start?
First of all, if this is a new born,
congratulations! We hope the parents are
doing well. Bringing new life into the
world is one way that you have
participated in Godís ever present, ever
unfolding creativity. You have become
co-creators with God. When baptizing
your child you acknowledge that you and
your child are part of Godís plan for
You want to consecrate your child to
God and ask for Godís protection over
your child and for Godís guidance to
bring up your child to be happy, healthy
and followers of the Christian faith.
This faith is not magically sprinkled
over your child in baptism. Your child
will learn about the ways of God through
your own faith and actions. Thatís why
itís so important for you to practice
your faith by going to church every
Sunday and developing a prayer life in
your own home. When your child will see
you turning to God each day and for
every reason, they will do the same.
What do we need to do to prepare?
As parents, you should be registered
parishioners. If you have not registered
with the parish you should do so as soon
as possible. There is a special
preparation for the parents of children
to be baptized. Three months before
desired baptism date speak to one of our
priests after mass or call the office to
What about choosing Godparents . . .
is there special criteria?
Godparents should be chosen for their
exemplary life of Christian faith since
they will assist the parents in raising
the child to be a good Roman Catholic.
At least one of the godparents must be
Roman Catholic, at least 16 years of age
and confirmed in the Roman Catholic
Church. Any other(s) should be of the
Christian faith and at least 16 years of
When is the sacrament of baptism
celebrated at St. Raphaelís?
Our community celebrates the sacrament
of baptism every first and third
Sunday of the month during any of our
Contact Person: speak to
one of our priests after any mass.