Saint Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church Infant Baptism Information
Baptism is the foundation of Christian life and the gateway to the Church’s other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God where we become members of Christ and His Church. Planning for this sacrament should begin by contacting the parish office at least three months in advance. Please do not make any formal arrangements or plans until a date has been confirmed through the parish office. Infant Baptisms are performed after the 11:30 A.M. Sunday Mass on every third Sunday of the month. Given a reasonable assurance that your child will be raised according to the Catholic faith, any child, at any age, is welcome to be Baptized. Should one of the parents not be Catholic, and are not married or are estranged, permission of both parents is required. In case of either separation or estrangement, a written and notarized letter of permission to have the child baptized is mandatory.
If you are a local resident, we require the parent(s) to register as parishioners of Saint Vincent Ferrer. Please visit the parish office during business hours to complete a registration form and receive a welcome packet. In the event that the parent(s) are former parish members, but are registered elsewhere, we do require a letter of permission from the pastor of the parish at which they are registered. The parent(s) must attend a Baptismal Preparation Class which is offered on the second Thursday of each month if they have not attended such a class within the past three years. All baptisms in our parish are ordinarily celebrated by our pastor or a deacon or priest delegated by him.
A sponsor or godparent is to be a witness, an inspiration, and an example of how a Catholic should live in today’s world. They are entrusted with the responsibility to be an active participant in the life of the Church and the person they are sponsoring. This means proclaiming their faith through their actions and the life they lead each and every day. Through their personal witness of prayer, active attendance at weekly Mass, and living the Gospel values, they pass the Catholic faith on to others. In this light, at least one sponsor must be an active, practicing Catholic who has been Baptized and Confirmed. For Baptism, a person of the opposite gender, who is a baptized non-Catholic Christian could be designated as a Christian witness.
The required qualifications of a sponsor are stated in Church Law and it is the duty of the pastor to verify their eligibility. Most parishes, therefore, provide a specific form for this purpose. (Click HERE to Download the Sponsor Form) It is the obligation of the parish where the sponsor is registered, to verify that they are both an active and practicing Catholic. If the sponsor is not personally known by the pastor, he may need evidence to support that a sponsor is living a life of faith. This is usually provided by reviewing records and other verifiable sources such as involvement in parish ministries, volunteer time at various parish functions and offertory envelopes to verify weekly attendance at Mass. Please do not assume that a parish will automatically provide a letter without the ability to confirm a sponsor’s attendance, support, and participation.
Please call Deacon Frank Iovine at 561-279-6892 to answer any questions or begin preparation for baptism. If you would like to register for Baptism, please complete the form below.