Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
Baptism for a child involves a serious obligation and faith commitment of the part of the parents. A series of instructions with parents and godparents is necessary before Christian Baptism. Parents are encouraged to begin the process of preparation prior to the birth of their child. A date for the Rite of Baptism will not be set until the preparation is complete.
Canon 851.2, in the Code of Canon Law, 1983, states: “…the parents of an infant who is to be baptized and likewise those who are to undertake the office of sponsor, are to be properly instructed in the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations which are attached to it…”
At Christ the King Cathedral we offer baptism preparation classes for parents and godparents three times a year. These classes are for parents who have not baptized a child at the Cathedral.
Parents should be registered and active in parish life and worship. Parents are urged to call the parish office early in the pregnancy to sign up for baptismal preparation classes.
When choosing sponsors/godparents, parents should consider the following: a sponsor must be a registered member of a Catholic parish, have completed the 16th year of age, be a Catholic who has been Confirmed and has received the Sacrament of Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken…; if married, the sponsor must have been married in the Roman Catholic Church, and be aware of and willing to accept the responsibilities of being a sponsor for baptism, and have also completed baptismal preparation instructions.