Our Preparation Process is for first time parents and those who haven’t attended a class in the past 5 years.
Infant baptism is a sign of God’s desire to give us “more than all we can ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). Obviously, the tiny baby cannot ask for or even imagine the richness of new life in God. It is a gift, one so precious that, by its very nature, it calls for a response. In the case of infant baptism, the immediate response of joy, gratitude and commitment is offered by the parents, the godparents and the entire Christian community.
We, as Church, believe it is our duty to offer you, as parents, the opportunity to fully understand the commitment you are undertaking for your child and yourselves through the Sacrament of Baptism. Our process consists of four parts:
1. An initial meeting with a member of our formation team (for first time parents)
Please allow 45 minutes for this initial meeting. While we will complete the necessary paperwork, it is a wonderful opportunity for a member of our formation team to connect with parishioners. It is also an excellent time for you to ask any questions you may have and to discuss any special circumstances surrounding your child's baptism. Meetings can be scheduled during the day or evening to allow for individual’s work schedules. Contact Kathleen Willis at 895-0607 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule the initial meeting.
2. Attend one baptism class
These classes are held twice a month – typically, the first Saturday morning at 9:00am and the third Tuesday evening at 7:00pm – and are 90 minutes long. In the class, you will have the opportunity to meet other couples preparing for baptism. Together, we will reflect on the signs of baptism. Through the signs and the words of the rite, we will deepen our appreciation of the richness and significance of this sacrament. Sign up for these classes at your initial meeting or call 913-895-0607.
3. Select Godparents (See our Godparent Selection Guide). Godparents need to turn in a completed Godparent Form to the parish office two weeks prior to the desired date of baptism.
4. Schedule the Baptism
Contact the parish office at 888-2770 to schedule the baptism. Baptisms are typically celebrated each Sunday after the 11:30 am mass. We limit the number to 5 children each week. Baptisms are scheduled after the completion of the baptism process. We request you contact us after you have selected your child’s Godparents and before you make flight arrangements for traveling friends and family members.
It is our sincerest hope that you find the baptism preparation process meaningful and that it puts you into a more relaxed and prayerful state of mind as the baptism day approaches.