Sacramental Preparation

Baptism

Infant/Child Baptism (0-6 Years of Age)

For infants and children under the age of 7.

After the steps bellow have been completed, and all necessary paperwork is submitted, your child's Baptism may be scheduled. Baptisms are always celebrated within Mass one Sunday each month (except during the season of Lent). The process described below usually takes at least 2 months to complete.

The following list items should be completed:

  • Submit Infant Baptism Questionnaire
  • Attend Baptism Class* (see below for upcoming dates)
  • Submit copy of child's birth certificate to the Faith Formation Office
  • Select Godparents
      Each Godparent must fulfill the following criteria:
      • Be at least 16 years old
      • Be fully initiated Catholic (received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation)
      • Not be bound by any canonical penalty--he/she must be living a life of faith and in line with the Catholic Church (this includes being married in the Church, if he/she is not married in the Church please select a different Godparent).
    • Godparents must submit the Godparent Testimonial Form with signature of staff, pastor, or representative and parish seal of home parish
    • Godparents must submit Baptismal certificate WITH Confirmation notation (or submit Baptismal AND Confirmation certificate)

*If parents are unable to attend a baptism class, the child's baptism will be delayed until parents have received necessary catechesis.

Upcoming Baptism Classes

All classes take place in the Narthex (church entrance) unless otherwise specified.

  • Thursday May 16, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm.

*If you are planning on attending the Baptism Class on Thrusday May 16, 2019, please RSVP to ensure supplies and materials are planned accordingly.

 

Youth Baptism (7-17 Years of Age)

For youth who are between the ages of 7-17.  

The process for youth in this age range is different than an infant baptism.  Since youth 7 and older are considered to be in or beyond the age of reason, they are to follow a process that is similar to RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation).  At Holy Redeemer, we integrate the youth who are preparing for Baptism with regular Faith Formation sessions (Elementary, Middle, or High School Formation). 

This process takes 1 school year

The following list items should be completed:

  • Parents should complete the Youth Baptism Questionnaire.

  • Set up a meeting with Annie.  In the meeting we will cover:
    • The RCIA process and how we modify it for children
    • The RCIC Parent Contract
    • Signing up for email reflections
    • Register child for Religious Education (if necessary)
    • Register family with the parish (if necessary)
  • Submit copy of child's birth certificate to the Faith Formation Office
  • Select Godparents. Godparents must:
    • Be one man AND a woman if two Godparents are selected (Only having one Godparent is okay).
    • Be at least 16 years old
    • Be fully initiated Catholic (received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation)
    • Not be bound by any canonical penalty--he/she must be living a life of faith and in line with the Catholic Church (This includes being married in the Church.)
    • Submit Godparent Testimonial Form with signature of staff, pastor, or representative and parish seal of home parish
    • Submit Baptismal certificate WITH Confirmation notation (or submit Baptismal AND Confirmation certificate) for each Godparent
  • Attend the Rite of Election and Retreat (same day)
  • Attend each of the three Scrutinies Masses leading up to Easter
  • Attend Easter Vigil Day Retreat and Rehearsal
  • Attend and receive the Sacraments at the Easter Vigil Mass
  • Attend the First Reconcilliation Retreat for Youth in the Fall

 

 

 

For additional information or if you have any questions, contact Annie Cooper at anniec@holyredeemervanc.org