Attending the Baptismal Preparation Class and Scheduling a Baptism
Congratulations on the birth (or soon to be birth) of your child!
We are excited to help you baptize your child. Please contact Katie Schaitberger, Shared Pastoral Associate for Immaculate Conception Saint Mary and Saint Frances Cabrini Parishes to get more information on our baptismal preparation process. We look forward to hearing from you. There are only a few simple steps to preparing you and your child for their baptism.
#1 Initial Meeting
Set up a meeting with the Pastoral Associate and Catholic Formation Director — Please call 262-346-1275 or email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a short meeting. At this time, we will fill out the necessary paperwork and discuss the next steps.
#2 Attend a Baptism Preparation Class
After meeting with our Shared Pastoral Associate, you may be asked to take a baptism preparation class. The baptism class can be taken at any time in advance of the actual date of the Baptism. Parents must attend this class and the godparents are encouraged to attend (here or at their own parish). We will use portions of the Belonging video series (see above for informational video), time for parents to talk with one another and large group discussion. Baptism classes are often once a month, Katie will let you know the next classes when you meet.
#3 Choosing Godparents
Choosing a godparent is exciting and difficult! “Which uncle or aunt or cousin or brother or sister or friend should I choose?” Being a godparent is not an honorary title – it is a role of responsibility and commitment.
The godparent’s role is, together with the parent, to present the child for the sacrament and help him/her to live a life befitting a baptized Catholic Christian. To do this, a godparent must be able to affirmatively answer the following questions:
- I was chosen by the parents or guardians.
- I am at least sixteen years of age.
- I am not the father or mother of the one to be baptized.
- I am a Catholic who has already been Confirmed, and have received the Holy Eucharist.
- I am leading a life in harmony with the faith; i.e., practicing Catholics (attending Mass).
- My most recent marriage was before a Catholic priest or deacon.
For Baptism, each child must have at least one Catholic, and if two godparents are chosen, only one male and one female godparent are to be used. You may wish to have a Christian Witness (someone baptized outside of the Catholic faith) participate in your child’s baptism. One Christian Witness may be used alongside one Godparent (Catholic).
It is possible that your closest friends and relatives are not practicing Catholics. It is often disappointing to realize that they cannot be the godparents. However, take heart in knowing that your choice of two practicing (one male and one female) Catholics as godparents will indicate to all your family and friends that you are putting faith first when it comes to your child. This will inspire them! (And your child will thank you later!)
If you have a individual who would like to inquire about the Confirmation process and/or having their marriage convalidated (blessed) in the Church, we are here to help. Our goal is never to exclude someone from being a godparent. Please let us know and we can walk through what the process is to achieve this.
Each godparent will be given a “Godparent Information Form” that you will receive at your initial meeting. This form is signed by the godparent’s pastor(s) and indicates that the person meets the prerequisites given above.
It can be confusing, so at your first meeting at the parish, we will walk through all the steps and make it into a simple process!
PLEASE NOTE: The date of the Baptism will not be scheduled until meeting with Katie Schaitberger, Shared Pastoral Associate for both Saint Frances Cabrini and Immaculate Conception parishes.
If the parents would like a Baptism Preparation Class in Spanish, please contact the parish office.