Your child’s Baptism will be a time for great joy and celebration for you, your family, and your parish community here at St. Isidore. Our hope is that your child will grow with us in faith and love. Baptism is the first sacra-ment of initiation, the beginning of a lifelong journey as disciples of Jesus.
Parents requesting Baptism for their child at St. Isidore must be registered and active mem-bers of Parish.
Here’s what the Catechism of the Catholic Church has to say about the importance of and your responsibilities for your child’s baptism into the Church:
- Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel.
- Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith.
- Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God.
The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privi-leged place for the catechesis of children and parents (2226).
Your parish welcomes your child with open arms and we extend our loving support in helping your family live a life that reflects Jesus to the World.
- Parents seeking Baptism for their infant child are asked to call the parish office (529-3045), preferably during the months before the birth, to register to attend our Baptism Preparation Classes, held the once each month, on a Wednesday night, 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Fr. John Guiney Room in our main church.
- Both parents and both godparents are required to come to the class. We ask that you attend without your other children, if possible.
- Once you’ve attended the class, call the parish office to reserve a date for the baptism and to give the necessary in-formation needed for the Baptismal Certificate. Baptisms are scheduled certain Sundays of the month at 2:30 PM in the church. Immersion is an option at the 2:30pm Baptism. Baptisms at Liturgy (Sunday Mass) are pre-arranged through the office.
Godparents serve a special role for one to be baptized.
- Not only are they to be a source of guidance and inspiration as your child grows in their faith, but also that they be a source of encouragement to you, the parents.
- Godparents are to represent the Catholic Christian Community, the Church.
- Only one godparent is necessary, although both a godfather and a godmother are preferred.
- Church [Canon] law insists that the godparent be at least 16 years old, fully initiated (having received Confirmation and Eucharist), and be someone other than the legal parents.
- If that person is married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.
- The task of choosing godparents is one that requires prayer, careful thought, and concern for the spiritual life of your child.
Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-529-3045.