FIVE STEPS FOR PRACTICAL PREPARATIONS

Step one - Choosing the Godparents

The selection of godparents is a critical choice in the baptism of your child. The role of the godparents is to help the parents raise their child in the Catholic faith. The godparents help the child live out their faith, giving good example by what they say and do.

As you begin to prepare for your child's baptism, you are invited to reflect on the role and the selection of the godparents. Prior to inviting a relative or friend to assume the role of the godparents for your child, it is important that you understand what our church teaches with regards to the godparents.

General Rules for a Godparent:

  • Only one godparent is required for Baptism. Two godparents are recommended, one godfather and one godmother.
  • Godparents must be confirmed Catholics. Only one godparent of each gender can be recorded in the Baptism record.
  • A non - Catholic Christian cannot be a godparent but can be a Christian witness.  One godparent is still required if one is a Christian witness.
  • Non - Christians (Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Atheist, etc.), cannot be considered a godparent or a Christian witness. . They cannot be a godparent or Christian witness, reason being both the godparent and Christian witness publicly profess faith in the Trinity, (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) during the baptism Ceremony.

Details for a Godparent:

  • Godparents are to be over the age of 16 at the time of the baptism and should have received all three sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation and communion).
  • Godparents must be Catholics in good standing, enthusiastically living their faith and active participants in the life of the church.
  • Godparents represent the Church as they promise, on the behalf of the Church at large, to help the parents in raising the child in our Catholic faith.
  • Non-Catholic Christians (i.e. Anglicans, Baptists, etc.) may not be godparents but they may be “Christian witnesses”.

If you have any questions or doubts about selecting the godparents, please do not hesitate to ask the priest(s) or Deacon before you ask the godparents.

Step two – Select a Baptism Date

Baptisms are celebrated the first Sunday of each month.

All Baptisms should be confirmed by the parish before you send out invitations. Baptisms can not be scheduled less than one month from the receipt of the Baptism registration form

Step three – Complete the Baptism Registration Form

Please complete the Baptism Registration Form.

If this is your first child baptized at OLA, you will also need to fill out the Parish Registration Form.

Use the above links to forward the forms to the office.  You may also mail the forms to the office at:  Our Lady of the Assumption, 40 Canal Street, Marshfield, MA 02050, or drop it off at the parish office. 

Step four - Attend the baptism instruction class - Catechesis

Baptism instruction class is strongly recommended for both parents and godparents. They are held monthly in our parish hall (the lower church), and usually last about an hour. You need to attend only one class before your child's scheduled baptism date. Catechesis for baptism is held the Friday prior to the Baptism at 7:30 pm in our Parish Center located in the lower church (For example, if the Baptism ceremony is held on February 2nd, the first Sunday of February, then the Baptism instruction class is held on the Prior Friday, January 31st, at 7:30 PM) . You will be contacted by the Deacon, prior to the class to remind you of the date. 

 

Step five - Attend the Baptism ceremony

The sacrament of Baptism here at Our Lady of Assumption takes place in the Church on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30pm pm. Everyone is welcome to attend the baptism ceremony as it is a joyful occasion for the whole Church.  Please arrive 15 minutes early.

The ceremony itself is not a Mass. The service lasts about 1 hour from start to finish.  We ask that you inform family members and friends to be prompt and respectful at all times when in Church.

 

 
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