Prior participation in Pre-Jordan program is required. Arrangements can be made through the Parish Office. Pre-Jordan takes place on the 1st Sunday of each month at 12 Noon in Thomas Patrick Hall.
- Second and Fourth Sundays of each month at 1:30 PM
- First Sunday of each month at 1:30 PM (Spanish only)
Requirements to become a Sponsor (Godparent):
From the Code of Canon Law:
Canon 872 In so far as possible, a person being baptized is to be assigned a sponsor. In the case
of an adult baptism, the sponsor’s role is to assist the person in Christian initiation. In the case of
an infant baptism, the role is together with the parents to present the child for baptism, and to
help it to live a Christian life befitting the baptized and faithfully to fulfill the duties inherent in
Canon 873 One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient; but there may be two, one of each sex.
Canon 874 §1 To be admitted to undertake the office of sponsor, a person must:
1. be appointed by the candidate for baptism, or by the parents or whoever stands in their place,
or failing these, by the parish priest or the minister; to be appointed the person must be suitable
for this role and have the intention of fulfilling it;
2. be not less than sixteen years of age, unless a different age has been stipulated by the
diocesan Bishop, or unless the parish priest or the minister considers that there is a just reason
for an exception to be made;
3. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has received the blessed Eucharist, and who lives
a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken;
4. not be either the father or the mother of the person to be baptized.
§2 A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community may be admitted only
in company with a Catholic sponsor, and then simply as a witness to the baptism.
A Letter of Eligibility is necessary for each Catholic Godparent. This letter is to be obtained from the parish of which the godparent is registered and presently worshipping. It must be the original letter stamped with the parish seal and signed by the pastor.
A Christian Witness (Non-Catholic) would need an original and official letter from the church where they are actively worshipping indicating that they are baptized Christians who are practicing their faith.
The Sacrament of Baptism
"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 1213)
The Principle Effects of Baptism
1. Purification from sins:
"By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam's sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 1263)
2. New Birth in the Holy Spirit:
"Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte "a new creature," an adopted son of God, who has become a "partaker of the divine nature," member of Christ and coheir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, p. 1265)