Trinidad Area Catholic Community
One of the greatest joys of parents is the privilege of having their children receive the Sacrament of Baptism. This is the reason it is important after the child’s birth and even before the baby is born to plan/prepare for baptism.
SESSIONS FOR PARENTS AND GODPARENTS
It is expected/required that the parents and Godparents prepare to celebrate the baptism of their children by participating in baptism class sessions, which are instructional/educational meetings. Godparents (sponsors) who live out of town need to provide a letter of approval from their pastor indicating their good standing and proper preparation. “A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only in company with a Roman Catholic sponsor and only as a witness to the baptism.” To begin the process of baptism for children and infants to be baptized, please call the Pastoral Center and speak to Ingrid for pre-registration at 719.846.3369 ext. 280 and Sister Regina Marie at 719.846.3369 ext. 230 for additional information.
Canon Law (Canons 872-874) requires one sponsor, although two (no more than two) are allowed—one male and one female. “In infant baptism, the role of the sponsor is together with the parents, to present the child for baptism and to help [the child] to live a Christian life befitting the baptized and faithfully fulfill the duties inherent in baptism.”
A Godparent (sponsor) must:
1. Be appointed by the parents.
2. Be persons suitable for the role of Godparents with the intention of fulfilling the responsibility they are accepting.
3. Be 16 years of age or older.
4. Be a practicing Roman Catholic who has been confirmed (received the Sacrament of Confirmation) and lives a life of faith, befitting the role they are preparing to embrace.
5. Be married in the Roman Catholic Church, attends Mass, receives Holy Communion at least weekly and is active in their parish.
6. Is not the father or mother of the person to be baptized.
7. Be registered in the parish (in Trinidad) or in the parish of the city where they live.
Canon 855 states: “Parents, sponsors [Godparents] and parish priests are to take care that a name is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment.” In other words, parents are encouraged to choose the name of a saint canonized in the Roman Catholic Church, for their child. Names of saints and their biographies may be located on the internet under any Catholic website.
$25.00. This is paid at the time of registration through the Pastoral Center Office.
See RCIA and/or RCIC