When a mother learns that she is with child, a family often begins to plan showers and to prepare a nursery, all of which are worthy practices. But in preparing for a child’s birth, we should never forget to prepare for a child’s rebirth into the Body of Christ through that initial sacrament of Baptism. In Baptism, an indelible (albeit invisible) mark is placed upon us that sets us aside. We are forever claimed as a son or daughter of God as well as a soldier of Christ, members of the Church Militant. As such, we are also called to be future saints with God’s great grace. Spiritual preparation is essential, then, not only in getting the ceremony and sacrament completed, but also in preparing another soul to be raised up in a godly and Christian way.
There are some things which parents who are preparing for their child’s Baptism are asked to do. They should be registered at St Francis for at least three months, regularly attending Mass, and regularly giving to the offertory, all of which is to ensure that they are practicing Catholics who take their faith seriously. They should attend a Baptism Preparation class and prayerfully select the child’s godparents. When choosing godparents, we need to choose faithful, practicing Catholics who will be dutiful in their task to keep your child, and thus your family, practicing Catholics. Godparents should be Confirmed, and if they are married Catholics, they should be married in the Church. A good godparent is someone who will keep the parents and family accountable to attending weekly Mass, and correct a parent if they stop going to regular confession. Prayer should be an important part of a godparents life.
So, in preparing for your child’s Baptism, please, do the following:
1) Contact Areli Pineda, our parish Administrative Assistant to begin the process of preparing for your child’s Baptism, including registering for a Baptismal preparation class.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-382-4549 xt10
2) Choose a sincerely Catholic godparent or two (one male and one female) for your child conscious that whomever is chosen will need to request a letter of good standing from their parish
3) Begin to spiritually prepare for this great gift God has given to you and that, in a sense, you are preparing to give back to God.
Please see the links below for the documentation necessary for the Baptism of your child and contact the Director of Faith Formation to begin this important preparation for the blessing of this new Christian.