Congratulations, God has blessed you with an image of Himself. He will also give you the graces necessary to raise your child to grow in Wisdom, Age and Grace. Since you are the primary teachers for your child, we realize that you have a great responsibility, and your parish is here to help you throughout the years ahead.

We look forward with you to the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism for your child. It is the beginning of your child’s faith journey, which will be strengthen through Catholic Education and your parental guidance in teaching the prayers, setting the example of weekly Mass attendance, and instilling a love for Christ and His Church.

As you are seeking the baptism of your child in the Roman Catholic Church, the following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ and his Church.

*Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible.

*In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents’ consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing in their place, and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.

*Child’s birth certificate or letter from hospital of birth (if the child is 7 years of age or older, special preparation is required).

*Parents of the child to be Baptized must be registered members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for at least three months before the Baptism. If you are not already registered, please do so as soon as possible by completing a Parish Registration Form and returning it to the parish office right away.

*Persons who are registered in another parish and wish to have their child Baptized at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for a just cause, MUST have the permission of their pastor and must have attended a Baptism Preparation Class either at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or at their home parish.

*Parents must attend the Baptism Preparation Classes before the Baptism (First Wednesday of the Month).

GODPARENTS: A person may only have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female.

In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent they must be chosen by the parents, have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role, be at least 16 years of age, and be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized, and be neither the father nor the mother of the child.

*For non-Catholic Adults seeking to become Catholic, or to become Baptized, please find more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation