Infant Baptism (under age 7)
Parents desiring Baptism for their child should either download a registration packet or pick one up in the parish office. Once you have had an opportunity to complete the form, please call the office. Your class and baptismal date will be scheduled at that time.
General Policy for Infant Baptisms at St. Helen
Parents seeking baptism must have at least a three-month history as registered and actively participating members of the parish prior to the Baptism. If registered in another parish and the grandparents of the infant to be baptized are registered parishioners of St. Helen, the parents must have a letter of permission from the pastor of their home parish. Parents are required to attend one personal interview and a formation class.
Godparent requirements and information.
Godparents are chosen for their faith commitment and ability to assist the child and parents in their faith journey. It is customary to have two Godparents for Baptism, but only one is required by Cannon Law. A Godparent may be either male or female. If two are chosen, then one must be male and the other female. Only one of each gender may be listed as Godparents. It is strongly suggested that Godparents attend a formal baptismal class either at St. Helen or at their own parish.
Godparents must meet the following requirements: (16 years or older)
- May not be natural or adoptive parents of the child being baptized
- Fully initiated Roman Catholic (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)
- Must be leading a life in harmony with the Faith (a practicing Catholic)
- If married, marriage must be validated by the Catholic Church
- If unmarried, divorced, or separated, must not be cohabitating
- Must be free of any canonical impediment. (CC 1311)
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Baptism of infants
1250 Born with a fallen human nature and tainted by original sin, children also have need of the new birth in Baptism to be freed from the power of darkness and brought into the realm of the freedom of the children of God, to which all men are called.50 The sheer gratuitousness of the grace of salvation is particularly manifest in infant Baptism. The Church and the parents would deny a child the priceless grace of becoming a child of God were they not to confer Baptism shortly after birth.51
1251 Christian parents will recognize that this practice also accords with their role as nurturers of the life that God has entrusted to them.
1252 The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole "households" received baptism, infants may also have been baptized. (Acts 16:15,33; 18:8; 1 Cor 1:16;)