Congratulations on the birth of your child, and thank you for choosing the Catholic Community of South Baltimore as the parish for your child's baptism.
Once you have completed our baptism registration form, we will work with you to coordinate a time and date for the baptism that is convenient for the parish and your family. Baptisms may occur during mass, depending on the time within the liturgical year and the particular weekend, or immediately before or after a weekend mass. (typically Sat @ 4:00 pm or Sunday @ 12:30 or 1:00 pm). Please register at least 10 weeks prior to assure all the sponsorship documents are gathered, attendance in the preparation program has occurred and the parish can assure the baptism is properly staffed.
GODPARENT INFORMATION: The Church invites the candidate for Baptism to be presented by one or two sponsors, often called godparents The Church’s sacraments are always celebrated in the context of faith. When the candidate for Baptism is too young to understand that faith, it is the faith of the parents and godparents that is essential for the proper reception of the sacrament. The role of sponsor is to be a model of the faith that the Baptism candidate will embrace and practice as he or she grows in understanding. Obviously, as in any organization, one cannot sponsor someone for “membership”, unless sponsor is a full member in good standing. As such the sponsor ( godparent) is attesting to his or her own practice of the faith in accepting this role and are accepting the responsibility to encourage and support the candidate in his/her practice of the faith. A sponsor for Baptism must be someone other than a parent of the Candidate. If two sponsors they need to represent both genders. If only one sponsor (which is permissible) the sponsor may be either gender. The sponsor must be fully initiated in the Church, that is, received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation an has reached the age of 16. If married, the sponsor must be a marriage recognized by the Church. (C. 873-874).
The Catholic Church requires that only one sponsor be a Catholic. If you choose two sponsors, one may be a non Catholic but must be a Christian. A Christian witness must be a baptized person of good moral character who strives to live up to the values of the Gospel and adheres to the tenets of their own Christian faith. This person must be baptized in a Christian faith whose baptism is recognized and accepted by the Catholic Church. This includes most of the “main line” Christian Churches ( Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist). It does not include Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, or The Salvation Army. Also, those who are non-Christians (Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, etc.) may not stand as Christian witnesses.
Please have those who have chosen to sponsor complete one of the following forms and return to the parish office:
If you have any questions, please contact the Pastor, Fr. Joshua Laws, at email@example.com.
The parish conducts a baptism preparation course typically on the second Sunday of every month immediately following the 11:00 am mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel. Class begins at approximately 12:15 pm and lasts between sixty and ninety minutes. If you plan to attend, please confirm your registration with our parish office by calling 410-752-8498 ext. 1114, or email the Pastor, Fr. Joshua Laws, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a registered parishioner of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore, who has been asked to act as a godparent for a friend or family member's child, please use the form below to request a godparent sponsorship letter.
The purpose of this letter is to confirm for the church that will be performing the baptism that you are a practicing Catholic, who has received the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation and are validly married. If you have any questions about the form, or about the roles and responsibilities of a godparent, please contact the Pastor, Fr. Joshua Laws, at email@example.com.