The person being baptized must have at least one godparent. Usually, there are two godparents. If there are two godparents, one must be male, the other female. The godparent must be a person whose Christian influence on the person to be baptized is strong and permanent. The godparent must be at least 16 years of age, must have been confirmed and made First Eucharist, and must be actively practicing the faith. If married, the godparent must be married in accordance with the laws of the church concerning marriage.
If the godparent is registered at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, please complete the Godparent Form (found on the list of Forms on the parish website) and turn it in to the Coordinator of Baptism Preparation. If the godparent is registered at another parish, you will need to bring a certificate or letter from the godparent's parish stating that the person meets the requirements of a godparent.
In the event that a godparent cannot be present for the celebration of the Baptism, the godparent must be represented by a proxy. The proxy must meet all of the requirements of the godparent. When a proxy is used, the designated sponsor needs to provide a letter designating the proxy by name and the child's parents or guardians must concur with the selection of the proxy.
Preparation Class for Parents and Godparents
Parents and godparents must participate in the Baptism Preparation Class for Parents and Godparents. It may be taken at Our Lady of Lourdes or at another parish. However, one parent must attend the preparation class at Our Lady of Lourdes. Those attending the preparation class at another parish must bring a Certificate of Attendance (or equivalent) from the parish they took the class.
For those attending the preparation class at Our Lady of Lourdes, they are required to bring to class a copy of the book, United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA), in their respective language. Married couples attending together may share one book.
- The USCCA may be purchased in English and Spanish at the parish gift shop (The Holy Boutique), the Office of Baptism or the Registration Desk before the class session begins.
The class is held separately in English and Spanish at least once a month and runs approximately 3½ hours. Schedule of classes are available at the Office of Baptism or by CLICKING HERE.
Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes normally make an offering of $150.00 on the occasion of the baptism.
As mentioned, the Sacrament of Baptism is to be celebrated together with other families of the parish community who are bringing their child to Christ. But there are rare circumstances when a private ceremony is necessary. Should this particular need arise, and all necessary requirements are met, parishioners normally make an offering of $300.00.
Relatives and family friends are always welcome to attend the baptism. On occasion some guests, especially those who are not familiar with Catholic practices, are not sure of the etiquette when attending the baptism.
As a parish, Our Lady of Lourdes takes its responsibility in the preparation and celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism very seriously. The parish family is here to help you prepare in accord with the expectations of the Rite of Baptism for Children, the requirements by the Archdiocese of Miami and in keeping with the universal law of the Church.
When the family is ready to begin the process of preparing for their child’s baptism, it will be necessary for one of the parents to pick up a Registration Packet from the Baptism Office or printing a copy by CLICKING HERE.