Preparing for Baptism

Dear Parents: Congratulations on the birth of your child!  God has blessed you with a special gift of life.  Naturally, you want to give your child the best!  The best includes life in Christ through the Holy Sacrament of Baptism.  The following information is to help you with preparing for the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. 

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  1. Birth Certificate: Parents should submit a copy of their child's birth certificate to the Faith Formation office (a verified hospital certificate is acceptable).
  2. Registration form: Fill out a registration form for each child being baptized. However, if the child has reached 7 years of age, the child should instead register for Religious Education classes before celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism. Please call the Office of Faith Formation for more information on Religious Education classes at 214-357-8549.

GENERAL INFORMATION

BAPTISM OF INFANTS - CHILDREN UNDER 7 YEARS OLD

PARENTS

  • Should be registered at St. Monica Catholic Church or in another Roman Catholic parish for at least 3 months prior to registering for the baptism. If you belong to another parish, a letter is necessary from your parish giving permission to baptize at St. Monica.
  • Should be a practicing Roman Catholic (at least one parent) who are fully initiated in the Sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation; should regularly celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • Should be married with permission of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Should have the intention of Baptizing and raising their child in the Roman Catholic faith.

If any of the above is not the case for the parents, please call the baptism coordinator at 214-358-1453.

PAPERWORK NEEDED FOR PARENTS
  • Single Parents: provide an official copy of their Baptismal Certificate.
  • Married Parents: provide an official copy of your Catholic Marriage Certificate from the church of marriage and of their Baptismal Certificate. 
  • Cohabitating/Civilly Married Parents: Please call the baptism coordinator at 214-358-1453
  • Official Birth Certificate: of the Child to be baptized issued by an authorized government agency.  (e.g. Bureau of Vital Statistics)
  • Baptismal Class Letter: If you are taking the class at another parish or have taken the class in the past 24 months at another parish, please provide an official letter from stating the class and date taken.
  • Parish Permission Letter: If a parent is registered in another parish, the parent will need to present an official letter from the pastor of that parish granting permission for the baptism to take place at St. Monica Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas.

*All documents are to be submitted to the parish office at the time of registration.

GODPARENTS

Select Godparents. One Godparent is required but two are permitted.

See Qualifications for Serving as a Catholic Godparent below.

 Qualifications
  • Must have the intention of fulfilling his or her commitment
  • Be at least 16 years of age,
  • Be registered at St. Monica Catholic Church or in another Roman Catholic parish. Bring a letter showing membership and permission to be sponsors.
  • Be a practicing Roman Catholic who is fully initiated in the Sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation; should regularly celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  • If married, should be married with permission of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Lead a life of faith (Roman Catholic) in harmony with the duty he/she is undertaking.

The Godparent

  • cannot be one of the parents.
  • cannot be under a canonical penalty (e.g. married without permission of the Roman Catholic Church; cohabiting or living together as man and wife)
  • cannot be living a scandalous life.
  • There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each. (Can. 873)
  • A Christian witness is a baptized practicing Christian and acts only as a witness to the baptism always present with a Catholic sponsor (godparent).  (Can. 874.2)
PAPERWORK NEEDED FOR GODPARENTS
  • GODPARENT VERIFICATION FORM: to be signed by the godparent and the Pastor of the parish in which the godparent is registered and practicing their faith. 
  • Official current copy of their baptismal certificate with notations on sacraments
  • If Married: provide a copy of their catholic marriage certificate from the church of marriage
  • If Baptismal class was taken at a different parish: an official document (letter, etc.) that states that a baptismal class has been completed by the godparent within the last 24 months

*All documents are to be submitted to the parish office at the time of registration.

Proxies

On occasion a family may choose a Godparent who is not able to be present at the ceremony. In such cases, parents can choose proxies to answer the parts of the godparents during the ceremony itself. On the baptismal record and on the Baptism certificate, the names of the Godparents will appear.

baptismal class

We do not charge any fee for the Baptismal Class or Baptism. However, if you want to give a donation to the Pastor, it is appreciated.

Please make arrangements for childcare prior to class.

  • Baptism preparation classes are offered for both parents and godparents. The classes are held the first Saturday of each month in the Family Center Room 109 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Godparents who live out of town may take a Baptism preparation class at their own parish and can fax proof of having taken a class to the Office of Faith Formation at: 214-351-1887.
  • Parents do not have to be registered members at St. Monica to have their child baptized here. However, if you would like to register to become a parishioner, please click here.
  • There is no need to register for the Baptism class. If Godparents and parents are baptizing at another parish we will give them a  letter at the end of the class that they can take with them to the parish where they are baptizing.
  • We kindly ask for arrangements to made for child care prior to class.
  • Baptism preparation class does not have to be taken the same month that child is being baptized. Oftentimes, parents take Baptism class before child is born.
  • We ask that the Baptism class be taken at least 2 years before the Baptism is going to take place. If it has been longer than two years since the class was taken, parents and Godparents should make arrangements to take a Baptism preparation class.