The entire Christian life springs forth as a new life in Christ through Baptism. CCC1254

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).


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 (and daughters) of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…”    Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1213)

Questions asked of parents:

What do you ask of God’s Church?

Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?

Dear parents:

Congratulations on the birth of your child!  As you prepare to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism, please know of our prayers for you as you rejoice at the birth of your child.  Our parish offers baptismal preparation classes so that we can walk through the various logistics of the baptismal ceremony so that you will be prepared for the celebration we are eager to have with you.

Through the Sacrament of Baptism, God makes us His own adopted children.  This is a great gift.  But with this gift comes great responsibility: to live and act as His sons and daughters.  This, clearly, is no small task.

This task is entrusted to you, that you will train your child in the practice of the faith.  On the day of your child's baptism some wondrous, solemn and serious words will be spoken to you.  Part of the purpose of the baptismal preparation class is to help clarify what these words truly mean.  Please contact the parish office to schedule a baptism class before you schedule the baptism or contact Deacon Mike Ward.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us!

Fr. Tom Heathershaw

Question asked of godparents:   

Are you ready to help the parents of this child in their duty as Christian (Catholic) parents?


Qualifications and Role of a Catholic Godparent

Step 1: Only one godfather or one godmother or one of each (Canon 873)

Step 2: To help the baptized person to lead a Catholic Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it (Canon 872).

  •  A mature Catholic who will establish a lifelong faith relationship and be willing to walk with the child on their faith journey.
  • A Catholic role model (coach) for the child.

Step 3: A Catholic who is at least 16 years old (Canon 874, §1, 2º) and has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads an active life of faith.

  •  Be a practicing Catholic who attends Mass and receives the Sacraments regularly.
  • Knows, understands and participates in the Catholic Church community.

Step 4: If the godparent is married, the marriage must be valid and recognized as a marriage in the Catholic Church. (Canon 874, §1, 3°)

Step 5: The godparent cannot be the father or mother of the one to be baptized (Canon 874, §1, 5º).

Step 6: Only with a Catholic godparent can a baptized, non-Catholic person serve as a Christian Witness of the Baptism (Canon 874, §2).

 Step 7: A godparent who is not a parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church must have their home parish provide a letter confirming active participation.