Infant Baptism

The following applies to the baptism of infants and children who have not yet reached the age of seven years old. Adults and children of catechetical age should visit Youth Baptism or Adult Baptism. For more details about the baptism of an infant or young child, please see below.

As parents and godparents, you have the privilege and responsibility to guide your child or godchild through his or her faith journey. That journey begins in a formal way with baptism.

What are the responsibilities of the godparent?
• Together with the parents, present an infant for baptism
• Help the parents to raise child in the faith and lead a Christian life
• Help the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism

How many godparents to select?
• One godparent is required and must meet the criteria below
• If there are two godparents, they must be one male and one female
• If there are more than two godparents, they are not listed in the record
• In some cultures, it is common practice to have several godparents. If the child is to have several, only two are listed on the record and at the baptism ceremony.

What are the criteria for eligibility for godparents?
• The godparent must be designated by the parents or other authority to do so
• The godparent must be at least 16 years of age
• The godparent must be a Catholic who has received the sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist and Confirmation
• Must lead a life which will encourage the child to live a Christin life
• Not the parents

May a Christian (who is not Catholic) be a godparent?
• So long as the requirement for one Catholic godparent is met, a baptized non-Catholic may be listed a Christian Witness

As preparation for the celebration of baptism, parents should attend a baptismal preparation class if they have not already done so. The class can be taken at Holy Trinity or any Catholic church. Godparents are welcome, but not required, to attend. At Holy Trinity, these classes are held once a month (see schedule below) on either Saturday morning or Monday evening, in-person in McKenna Hall at Holy Trinity.

For the duration of 2021, all baptism liturgies are celebrated in Church as a Liturgy of the Word (outside of Mass) on Sunday afternoon.

2021 Parish Baptisms

All dates for 2021 communal baptisms are filled.   Please see link below for 2022 calendar of baptisms.

2022 Parish Baptism Calendar

Holy Trinity Baptism Calendar 2022  

Celebrating Baptism at Holy Trinity

All baptisms are communal–baptisms are celebrated with the Christian community and more than one family will participate in the liturgy.

Starting in January 2022, baptisms will be celebrated either as a Liturgy of the Word or during one of the weekend Masses in the Church.

Baptism in Liturgy of the Word (Chapel): these are celebrated most frequently–a Liturgy of the Word is a simple service of the Word during which Mass is not celebrated. These liturgies usually take anywhere between 30-45 minutes on a Saturday morning. Four families participate in these liturgies held in the Chapel; therefore, out of consideration for the other families and given the space constraints, we ask that you include no more than 18 guests for this liturgy.

Baptism in Mass (Church): baptisms that take place at one of the Sunday or Vigil Masses are celebrated during Mass.  Mass usually lasts one hour. These are held sporadically through the year.

Please confirm date with the Baptism Coordinator, at baptisms@trinity.org, before informing family and friends.

Point of contact: baptisms@trinity.org

 

Baptism Preparation Class at Holy Trinity

Baptism preparation classes are required for parents who seek to have their child/ren baptized. Often godparents are also asked to participate in a preparation session. At Holy Trinity, Religious Education coordinates the class. Further information below:

Baptism Preparation Calendar 2021-2022

Register for a Baptism Preparation Class

Point of contact: REadmin@trinity.org

 

Copies of Baptism Certificate from Holy Trinity

Please see www.trinity.org/sacramentalrecords

Point of contact: sacramentalrecords@trinity.org

Sponsor Letter or Parishioner Permission Letter for Baptism Away from Holy Trinity

Please see www.trinity.org/sacramentalrecords

Point of contact: sacramentalrecords@trinity.org