General Norms for the Celebration of Baptism

What is the preparation program?

The Baptism Preparation program is designed to assist parents and godparents in their growing understanding of:

  • Why the Catholic Faith Community celebrates the Sacrament of Baptism;
  • What the Sacrament of Baptism confers upon the person being Baptized;
  • The responsibilities parents and godparents commit themselves to fulfill in celebrating Baptism with infants and young children;
  • The role of the Faith Community in which Baptism is celebrated.

Baptism preparation is a program for learning about what we are celebrating, why we celebrate this Sacrament, and what it means for parents, for godparents, for an infant, and for the larger Faith Community. We focus on several questions which often come to mind as one thinks about celebrating Baptism for their child:

  • What is Faith and why do we want our children to have Faith?
  • Why do we need the Sacrament of Baptism anyway?
  • Why do we celebrate Baptisms during Sunday Masses?
  • What role do godparents play?
  • Why do we use water, oil, a garment, and a candle in Baptism?
  • During the celebration of this Sacrament, what are parents promising God and the Faith Community that they will do?
  • What is the Faith Community promising God they will do?


Infant Baptism

  • Children infant through six-years old
  • Parent(s) of child to celebrate Baptism is a (are) parishioner(s) of Pax Christi Parish
  • Attendance by parent(s) weekly at Sunday Mass
  • One Godparent must be a fully initiated Catholic (having celebrated the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), in good standing with the Church (if married, Godparent must be married in the Catholic Church), who participates in weekly Sunday Mass with a Roman Catholic Faith Community.
  • Parents and, if possible, godparents are to attend Baptism Preparation classes within two years of the Baptism of their child.

Baptism of Children Age 7 and Older

Canon Law requires that children age 7 and older to be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Church, preparing for and celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the same time. Thus, parishes are to follow the process known as the Rite of Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children

For additional information about the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact Ginger Giesen, Director of Discipleship, or (720) 419-0126