4) Parents who wish to have their children baptized must be registered members of Saint Dominic Catholic Church. They are expected to be practicing members of the faith by weekly attendance at the Saturday evening or Sunday liturgy and attending on Holy Days of Obligation. Parents are encouraged to participate in the Parish activities and be dedicated to fulfilling a Catholic life style.
- A) If the parents are not registered members of Saint Dominic Catholic Church, but the parents have a family member who is a member of Saint Dominic, the baptism may be possible at Saint Dominic. In this case, written permission from the pastor of the parent’s home parish and his indication that they are active members of the parish is required before the baptism would be possible.
- B) In cases of extreme circumstance one of Saint Dominic Parish priests may grant permission that someone be baptized with no affiliation to Saint Dominic Catholic Church. In this case, written permission from the pastor of the parent’s home parish and his indication that they are active members of the parish may also be required.
5) If this is the couple’s first child, they must attend a Baptism class.
To make arrangements for the class the couple will need to call Linda Huffman at 850-785-4574
N B: They can attend class elsewhere but must have a letter from that parish with the parish seal.
6) One of the Godparents must be Catholic – if the Catholic Godparent is a registered member of Saint Paul nothing else is needed. If the Catholic Godparent is a member of a Catholic Church other then Saint Paul a letter from their home Parish stating they are worthy to be sponsors is required.
7) If possible, baptism takes place on Sunday, the day on which the Church celebrates the paschal mystery of Jesus. It should be conferred in a communal celebration in the presence of the faithful, or at least of relatives, friends, and neighbors, who all take an active part in the rite.
8) A baptismal registration form must be completed prior to the baptism. This can be accomplished by visiting the office or over the phone call with Linda Huffman at 850-785-4574.
9) Parents should give serious consideration to prospective godparents. Although family pressures often exist, godparents should be chosen primarily for their faith commitment. Their responsibility is joining with the parents and supporting the baptized person in their lifelong Christian commitment. Since the godparents are representatives of the larger Christian Community into which the child is to be baptized, they must be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
10) Godparents outside of the parish must obtain a written notification from the parish in which they are registered indicating that they are in good standing with the Church.