The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments not only in time (since most Catholics receive it as infants) but in priority, since the reception of the other sacraments depends on it. It is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.
For the Baptism of your first child, completion of Infant and Early Childhood Baptism Preparation is required. The program is offered on the first Saturday of February, May, August and November.
To set up a baptism please call Sue Fitzpatrick in the parish office at (515) 964-1278.
What Is baptism preparation and is it required?
Baptism preparation classes are mandatory for first time parents. Godparents are both welcome and encouraged to attend. These classes are held at St. Luke's and will be approximately two hours in length.
Our baptism preparation classes are held the first Saturday of the month in February, May, August, and November.
Requirements for Godparents - From Code of Canon Law
- Two Godparents should be designated, one must be male and the other female. (Can. 873)
- Must be 16 years old or older. (Can. 874)
- Must be a Catholic who has had both confirmation and the Eucharist and “who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on”. (Can. 874) Thus, Godparents should be practicing Catholics in good standing with the Church. They should regularly receive the sacraments. If either Godparent is married, the marriage should be recognized by the Church. They should not be cohabitating, etc.
- Must not be one of the child’s parents. (Can. 874)
- Must not “be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared” (e.g. excommunication). (Can. 874)
- Non-Catholics may not be Godparents, but if there is only one Godparent, a non-Catholic Christian may serve only as a witness of the baptism. (Can. 874)
Baptismal Team Contact Information
Teresa Busch - firstname.lastname@example.org