SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM

Baptism
The Faith Community of St. Peters offer our congratulations on the birth or adoption of your child. We pray that God will bless and guide you in your preparation for baptism!

Holy Baptism is the first step to become a Catholic, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed form sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.

Children 7 years old and below can be baptized within a month or so provided they meet the requirements listed below. Children over 7 years old and adults must go through at least 2 years of catechism before they can be baptized. Please inquire about catechism classes for children over 7 years old and adults who want to be baptized at the Faith Formation Center at (702)970-2525.

Parents and Godparents for ENGLISH BAPTISMS should attend the baptism class every 1st Saturday at 10am in Room 13 at the Faith Formation building; likewise, Parents and Godparents for SPANISH BAPTISMS should attend the baptism class every 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm in Room 12 at the Faith Formation building. BAPTISMS are normally on the LAST Saturday of the month at 10am for English Baptisms and 11am for Spanish Baptisms. If there is a special event in the church, the baptism date may be moved to another weekend in the month.

***Please confirm the baptism date first with the office before sending out invitations.***

Marriage of Parents in the Church:

It is not required that a couple be married in the Church before the baptism of their child, but it is required that they meet with the priest to discuss their situation.

Godparents:

Parents may choose godparents (sponsors) for their children from among family or friends qualified to serve in that capacity. Parents may choose a godfather and a godmother or one godparent.

Godparents not only serve as witnesses at the ceremony of baptism but also assist the baptized in leading a Christian life. Therefore, Church law requires that godparents be people who are living the Catholic faith and meet the following qualifications:

1. They should be at least 16 years old.

2. They must be Catholics who have received baptism, confirmation ,and first Holy Communion.

3. They must lead a life in harmony with the Catholic faith ,including attendance at weekly Mass.

4. If they are married, they must be married in the Catholic Church. (Couples not married in the church should consult with a priest about possibly rectifying their situation.)

5. Parents of the child to be baptized may not serve as godparents.

204 S. Boulder Hwy, Henderson, NV 89015 Tel (702)970-2500 Fax (702)970-2555 email: info@stpahend.org