The entire Christian life springs forth as a new life in Christ through Baptism.      CCC 1254

“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)

What do you ask of God’s Church?

Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?


Dear parents:

Grace to you from our Lord Jesus Christ!

As pastor, and as a parish family as a whole, we are so very happy for you as you give thanks to our heavenly Father for the gracious gift of your child! Please know, in all honesty, of our prayers for you all as you continue to rejoice over this great gift! Soon, you will gather with other parents to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism. The baptismal preparation class is our opportunity to walk with you through the various logistics of the baptismal ceremony so that you will be prepared for the celebration we are eager to have with you.

Baptism is both a great gift and a great task. God makes us to be, through the waters of baptism, His own adopted sons and daughters. This is the great gift. But with this gift comes a great task, a great responsibility: to live and act as His sons and daughters. This, clearly, is no small thing and required His help all throughout our lives. 

In addition, to you as parents, a most serious responsibility is entrusted, that you training your child in the practice of the faith. On the day of your child’s baptism some wondrous, solemn and serious words are spoken to you. Part of the purpose of the baptismal preparation class is to help clarify what these words truly mean. Much as you did on the day of your wedding, you will soon speak words before God, each other and the parish family. It is my experience, unfortunately, that for many parents baptism becomes merely a ceremony without a profound awareness and understanding of what is truly expected of them. To help you better prepare for this celebration, then, I have included a brief reflection for you to ponder so that you can with great joy and ever fuller understanding answer a resounding “Yes!” to all the questions that will be asked of you.

Again, know of our prayers and our sincere joy at the birth of your child!

In His love,

Fr. John Riccardo 

Please read Fr. John Riccardo's reflection on the Sacrament of Baptism.

For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important.  So too is the role of the godparent, who must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized on the road of Christian life. CCC1255

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).

  • A Catholic who lacks the requirements to be a Godparent of a Catholic who is now practicing a non-Catholic faith cannot serve as a Christian witness.

Step 7:

A godparent who is not a parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel must have their home parish provide a letter confirming active participation.

Step 8:

Schedule Baptism

Once you have read and agree to the above qualifications, you may select your baptismal preparation date and time.