Planning for a Baptism

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our Parish community!

We are happy to support your family during this special time of preparation for the Baptism of your child and/or your preparation to become a godparent.

Sacraments are visible signs of God’s love; through them and by the actions of the Holy Spirit, Jesus fills us with his grace, heals and strengthens us.Baptism is the beginning of a faith journey and we congratulate you for choosing this beautiful gift for your child/godchild.

Who can receive infant baptism?

Infant baptism is for children younger than 7 years old. Parents and Godparents commit to raise him/her in the faith, then, parents and godparents attend class to prepare for this commitment. For children over 7 years of age, the child should be registered for our PREP program and will be prepared for baptism accordingly. 

How do I register to baptize my child at St. Joseph’s?

  1. Make an appointment with our parish secretary to receive your paperwork and ask any questions you may have.
  2. Watch the first three sessions of Reborn on Formed.org before coming to class. Visit STJOSEPHMACON.FORMED.ORG to sign up for free 24/7 access to the “Formed” platform. 
  3. Attend a baptism class
  4. Turn in all required paperwork

ALL PAPERWORK NEEDS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE A DATE FOR THE BAPTISM WILL BE PLACED ON THE CHURCH CALENDAR 

I want to baptize my child at a different Catholic parish…

Please contact the other Parish and find out what their requirements are, as they may be slightly different from ours. Most probably, you will be asked to attend a Baptism Class and send information regarding the infant.

After attending a Baptism Class we will issue you a Letter of Authorization, which you will send to the other parish along with any other required documents.

About Godparents:

Godparents are an integral part of the Sacrament of Baptism. The Church places great value on their role; as such, please select people who will be Catholic role models for your child.

Godparents are called to perform an officium (CCC 1255) in the Church, where they will walk with your child throughout his/her life, pray for and encourage them, and give advice when needed. Ideally, godparents will be present at their godchild’s First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage.

Here are guidelines for selecting godparents as defined by the Church:

  • Only one godparent (man or woman) is needed;
    • If there are two godparents, they must be a man and a woman.
    • No more than two godparents are allowed.
  • Minimum of 16 years old;
  • Fully initiated Catholic (has received Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation);
  • Is a practicing Catholic (attends Mass regularly and on Sundays, receives the Sacraments of Communion and Reconciliation regularly);
  • Lives his/her life according to the teachings of the Catholic Church (single Catholic or married in the Catholic Church – A civil marriage only does not qualify); couples who are cohabiting cannot be godparents); and
  • Godparents must take a Baptism Preparation class
    • When coming from outside St. Joseph’s, godparents may be prepared at their home parish and send us verification of that preparation. A letter, not older than 2 years, is sufficient
    • Attach copy of Godparent’s Catholic wedding certificate if married.
  • It is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that godparents fulfill all requisites.
  • Parents having their child baptized at St. Joseph’s are responsible for gathering all paperwork, especially documents coming from out of state.

I am a parishioner at St. Joseph’s invited to be a Godparent at a different parish…

To be asked to be a Godparent is a great honor and privilege. 

Most probably you are being asked to take a Baptism Preparation class and to present a document that verifies your eligibility to be godparent. In other words, at the other Parish they do not know you, and they will rely on St. Joseph’s to verify that you are a practicing Catholic and qualify to be a godparent.

Godparents, please contact our parish office for the necessary paperwork and to sign up for a baptism class. In addition, watch the first three sessions and the section on Godparents of Reborn on Formed.org before coming to class.Visit STJOSEPHMACON.FORMED.ORG to sign up for free 24/7 access to the “Formed” platform. 

After attending the class, you will receive a Godparent Letter of Authorization, which you will then send to the parents/parish where the baptism will take place.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20)