Baptism

Baptism for Children

Congratulations on your newest addition! We're so glad that you're here! Just as there is much to do in preparing for the physical birth of your child, we must also prepare for our child's spiritual birth in Baptism. In Baptism, your child becomes a member of the family of God, their original sin is wiped away, and they receive multitudes of graces! This first sacrament prepares their hearts and souls to receive all the other sacraments as they grow. As parents, you are committing to raising your child in the faith and helping them to grow closer to God in knowledge and love. The Catholic church is unique in that we strongly encourage infant baptism. If you or your spouse grew up in another faith tradition, it may be unclear why we choose to baptize infants. Fr. Mike Schmitz does a fantastic job of explaining infant baptism and your role as parents below, so take a listen, then call the office to get baby's baptism scheduled!

Why Am I Baptizing My Infant?

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Scheduling the Baptism

  • Contact Grace Trainor at 913.722.2206 or GRACE@QHR-OPKS.org or using the form below to schedule your child's baptism
  • Baptisms are typically scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month, after the 11am mass.
  • You will need to provide some information about your Child, such as their name and birthday, some information about yourself and the other parent, such as name, religion, and contact information.
  • You will need to provide some information about your Child's Godparents, such as their name, religion, and the parish they are registered with.
  • Most families will need to attend the baptism preparation class, especially if this is their first child or it has been longer than 2 years since their last child was baptized.
  • We recommend that you start this process before baby is born to give adequate time to prepare, however, we are never too late for Jesus and his graces! If your child is in 2nd grade or above, the process is a little different, and will require additional steps. If this is the case, let Grace Trainor know ASAP so we can get started!

Choosing Godparents

It is the duty of Christian parents to pass on the most precious gift of all, the gift of faith, to “bring the child up in the practice of the faith, [and to] see that the divine life which God gives them is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in their hearts” (Rite of Baptism for Children).

It is the duty of Christian godparents to assist the parents with this all-important task. The godparent is “able and ready to help the newly baptized . . . on the road of the Christian life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1255).

Requirements to be a godparent...

  • Godparents should be one male and one female
  • At least one godparent must be a fully initiated Catholic (having received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation)
  • Godparents must be at least 16 years old

Attending Baptism Preparation Session

  • Classes are typically held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am with Deacon Jim Lavin in the Parish Office, REGISTRATION REQUIRED
  • Upcoming Dates:  
    • April 13th
    • May 11th 
    • June 8th
  • Both parents are required to attend, children are welcome!
  • Call Grace Trainor in the Religious Education office at 913.722.2206 to register or with any questions