Children under the age of seven years are welcomed into life in Christ and the Christian community through the sacrament of Baptism. Baptisms are celebrated every other month (except during the seasons of Advent and Lent) within our weekend Eucharistic liturgies. A maximum of four families may celebrate Baptism at any one of the liturgies. These slots go very quickly! Please email or call Therese Carroll-Caruso at 502-897-5207 before you make plans, to ensure availability of your preferred date. Parents must be registered members of Holy Trinity Parish and attend two (2) preparation sessions prior to the Baptism. Childcare is available. Parents who have attended the 2 preparation sessions within the past 2 years for another child are excused from repeating those sessions but are welcome to attend if they choose.
Presentation and Blessing
The Presentation and Anointing of the baby with the Oil of Catechumens will take place at all weekend Masses one week prior to the date of the scheduled Baptism. This will normally occur following the first Baptism class. This Rite allows the community to pray for the family in the final steps toward baptism.
See the schedule below for 2018-19 dates for parent preparation sessions, presentations and anointing, and Baptisms.
Click on the link to be taken to the Baptismal Registration Form.
Please return the completed form to Therese Carroll-Caruso by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), FAX 897-0962, dropping it off at the parish office, or regular mail. As stated above, be reminded that submission of a baptismal information form does not guarantee your preferred date. Call or email Therese to verify the availability of your chosen date.
BAPTISM SCHEDULE 2018-2019
Preparation July 24 & 31
Presentation & Anointing July 28/29
Baptism Aug. 4/5
Preparation Oct. 2 & 9
Presentation & Anointing Oct. 6/7
Baptism Oct. 13/14
No Baptisms during Advent
Preparation Oct. 30 & Nov. 6
Presentation & Anointing Nov. 3/4
Baptism Nov. 10/11
Preparation Jan. 8 & 15
Presentation & Anointing Jan. 12/13
No Baptisms during Lent
Preparation Feb. 5 & 12
Presentation & Anointing Feb. 9/10
Baptism Feb. 16/17
Preparation May 28 & June 4
Presentation & Anointing June 1/2
Baptism June 8/9
One godparent is required for Baptism, but two (a male and a female) may be recorded in the baptismal record. A godparent must be Catholic, at least 16 years of age, be baptized, confirmed, and have celebrated First Eucharist. They must be actively practicing their Catholic faith. A baptized, non-Catholic Christian may serve as a Christian witness to a Baptism along with a Catholic godparent.
Godparents have a special place in the life of a Catholic child. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “… the godfather and godmother… must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized – child or adult – on the road of Christian life.” (#1255) This is the Church’s way of saying that being a godparent is truly a ministry in the Church, and not simply an honorary title.
The role of godparents is to pledge support to the parents of the infant being baptized as they strive to bring up their child in the practice of the faith. Godparents do this through the example of their own Christian lives and by maintaining a presence and interest in the life of the child.
How can godparents continue their role after the ceremony?
· Remember the child in daily prayers.
· Keep in touch with what is going on in the child’s life.
· Mark each anniversary of the baptism by sending a card or email.
· Give religious books, music, and other items as gifts to help teach more about God and the Catholic faith.
· Be willing to talk about faith and prayer with the child and parents.
· Encourage participation in Church worship, faith formation, and service opportunities.
Godparents who are not registered members of Holy Trinity Parish are asked to submit a letter from their parish stating that they are eligible to undertake the role of godparent according to the requirements described above. They are asked to attend baptismal preparation at their home parish and provide notice that they have done so. Members of Holy Trinity Parish who are invited to serve as godparents are asked to attend the second parent session in preparation for their role.