A Baptism at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Corn Hill requires the following:
- A copy of the birth certificate
- A Baptismal Information sheet
- A completed Baptism Godparent Covenant for each sponsor and
- The Parents and the Godparents must have attended a Baptism Preparation class within three years of the Baptism. Contact the Church office to schedule the necessary classes.
- If the parents are not registered members of Holy Trinity of Corn Hill, a letter of permission for the baptism from their home parish.
- If the sponsors are not registered members of Holy Trinity of Corn Hill, a letter from their home parish indicating that the sponsor is a practicing Catholic and qualified to serve as a sponsor.
Baptism - It is the means by which one is reborn in Christ, freed from sin and incorporated in the Church through water and Holy Spirit (Canon 849).
Since the early days of the Church, we have been following the command of Jesus: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” (Mt 28:19) After Jesus’ ascension into Heaven, the Apostles and other disciples of Jesus baptized thousands of people (Acts 2:41). Scripture also tells us that whole families were baptized together (Acts 16:33) which would have included infants. We continue to believe that it is important that infants begin to share in the faith of their parents as soon as possible after birth. This sharing in the faith begins with baptism, in which original sin is washed away and the infant becomes a child of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ. All parents are encouraged to have their babies baptized as soon as possible.
The following is required to have your baby baptized:
- Contact the parish office (512-863-3020).
- Attend a baptism class (both Parents and Sponsors)
- Complete the Sacristy Record of Baptism which gives us the basic information needed.
- Select Godparents - only one is required, but two may be chosen. Godparents must be Catholic.
- Provide us with a copy of the Birth Certificate or the certificate you received from the hospital.
- Set the date for the baptism. Can be on Saturday morning or afternoon, or during or after Mass Saturday or Sunday.
Sponsors or godparents are to be selected by the parents according the requirements found in Canon 874 which states that at least one sponsor is required. The person be a fully initiated practicing Catholic, which means they must have received the Sacrament of Confirmation and be in good standing with the Church.
To perform the role of sponsor, it is necessary that a person: (CIC 874)
- be designated by the parents or the one who takes their place or, in their absence, by the pastor or minister and is to have the qualifications and intention of performing the role
- have completed the sixteenth year, unless a different age has been established by the diocesan bishop or it seems to the pastor or minister that an exception is to be made for a just cause;
- be an active, practicing Catholic who is faithful to Sunday Mass and who has been confirmed and has already received the Sacrament of the Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with faith and the role to be undertaken.
- not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared
- not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized.
The godparent should play an active role in the life of their godchild. They should help the child to learn about their faith and how that faith is to be lived. The godparent should be one who is faithful in attending Mass and who lives their faith well so as to be a good example of being a disciple of Jesus. They should help to teach the child about Scripture and the Catholic Church. The godparent should give the child advice, counsel and correction concerning moral issues when needed, even when the child becomes a teenager and an adult. They should be able to explain the teachings of the Catholic Church to their godchild. Non-Catholics may be present in the role of a Christian witness, but not as a godparent.
Marriage Status of Parents
Ideally, if the parents of the child are Catholic they should be married according to the laws of the Catholic Church. If this is not the case, the child may be baptized, provided that the parents accept their responsibility to assure the faith formation of the child. If the parents are not married in the Catholic Church, they are encouraged to speak to the priest about having their marriage convalidated by the Church.