Baptism

 
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.
— Matthew 28:19
 
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BEGINNING THE JOURNEY

Would you like to have your child baptized at Prince of Peace? We would be so honored to provide this opportunity for you and your family, and we hope it will only be the beginning of many sacraments for your child here.


We celebrate infant baptisms for children up to the age of seven. Children past the age of seven are invited to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Adapted for Children. If you're an unbaptized adult, our Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process might be right for you. 

Preparation

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GROWING TOGETHER

We are committed to giving parents, the first educators in the faith, the tools to help them raise their children in the faith, and godparents an understanding of how to support the parents in this glorious task.


WHEN SHOULD WE REGISTER?

Because the Church recommends that the baptism take place shortly after the birth of a baby, parents are encouraged to register for Baptism preparation during pregnancy. We encourage parents to sign up at least three months before the desired baptism date.


HOW DO WE PREPARE?

After registering, parents attend two sessions: one on the theology of baptism and the other is an explanation of the ritual and its symbols. They are both offered in the same month and usually last about two hours each. 

Childcare is available during the Baptism Preparation Classes for children three months or older. Reservations must be made at least one week before your class. 


WHO ATTENDS THE SESSIONS?

Both parents should attend each session and in the same month. We also encourage godparents to attend preparation classes with the parents to prepare for their important role in the child’s faith journey.


SHOULD WE RETAKE THE SESSIONS?

If you've already taken the classes at Prince of Peace or another parish within the past four years, you do not need to retake them. Let us know that we already have a record of your attendance, or provide us with a letter or certificate from the parish indicating the date you completed the classes.


Preparation for Baptism leads only to the threshold of new life. 
— Catechism of the Catholic Church (1254)

Godparents

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CHOOSING GODPARENTS

Godparents have an essential role in the lives of those receiving the Sacrament of Baptism. Following are some helpful guidelines to remember as you select your godparents.


WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE GODPARENT?

The role of the godparent is to be a Christian role model for the child. He or she should be a mature Christian who will establish a lifelong faith relationship and be willing to walk with the child on his or her faith journey.


WHO CHOOSES THE GODPARENTS?

The parents of the child select the godparents. The parents of the child are not permitted to act as a godparent for their child’s baptism. A godparent should be someone who will be a part of the child’s life on a continuing basis and be an excellent example of living the Catholic faith.


HOW OLD SHOULD GODPARENTS BE?

Godparents should be at least 16 years old. The role of godparent is an adult role, so be sure that if you ask a young person to carry out this duty that he or she is mature enough to fulfill the tasks.


MUST GODPARENTS BE CATHOLIC?

Yes, only fully initiated (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) Catholics who attend Mass regularly and can receive the Eucharist are eligible to be godparents. An unbaptized or non-Christian person may not be a godparent for Baptism.


MUST GODPARENTS BE MARRIED IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

Yes, if married, the godparent’s marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church. If they are married civilly or in another Christian tradition, they are not eligible to serve as a godparent until their marriage is recognized. 


HOW MANY GODPARENTS SHOULD WE HAVE?

We recommend selecting two godparents for your child, but you may decide to have only one. Even if you choose two godparents, both must fulfill all of the requirements. If you have two godparents, one must be female and the other male.


For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the godparents, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized child or adult on the road of Christian life.
— CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (1255)

the celebration

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CELeBRATING TOGETHER

Baptisms at Prince of Peace are celebrated in groups one Saturday morning a month in the Main Church. You may choose to have your child baptized by either immersion or pouring. 


IMMERSION: 

Water flows over the entire child placed in a sitting position in the baptismal font. This option is available only for children up to two months old.

POURING:

As the parents hold their child over the baptismal font, water pours over only the child's head. This option is available for all infants and children.

Registration

Here at Prince of Peace, our Christian Initiation Ministry recognizes that not everyone's faith journey looks the same. So, whatever the situation, we're here to assist each individual on their unique journey. If you have questions or concerns about the process, just let us know.

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TAKING THAT FIRST STEP


STEP 1: REQUEST BAPTISM PACKET

Request a packet by emailing msanchez@pophouston.org. Please fill out the registration packet in the language you would like to have the baptism celebrated. 


STEP 2: SUBMIT BAPTISM REGISTRATION PACKET

This packet includes your registration for the baptismal preparation classes and request for baptism dates.

The Godparent Information Form(s) provided in the packet are to be completed and signed by each of the godparents, not by the parents of the child. 

Please submit packets by email to msanchez@pophouston.org.


STEP 3: RECEIVE CONFIRMATION LETTER

Once we have received and processed your packet, we will mail a confirmation letter to your home. This letter will confirm the dates for your preparation sessions and baptism, or indicate if you are still missing documents. 

Please do not make any plans for travel or celebrations until you have received your letter. The dates requested in the registration packet for preparation and baptism are not confirmed until you have received your confirmation letter by mail. 


STEP 4: PROVIDE COPY OF CHILD'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Prior to the baptism date, please provide us a copy of your child’s birth certificate. We are only able to issue your child's baptism certificate once we have received an official state/city copy of your child’s birth certificate.