Seven Years and Younger
How to Prepare for Your Child’s Baptism
Welcome to St Michael the Archangel parish! It’s a great gift to have your child baptized. The life of grace will flow into their soul. We are here to help you prepare in this very important moment for your family.
Step One: Register
Call Deacon Chuck at 503.228.8629 to enroll in preparation and to schedule the baptism. Please contact us two months in advance to the estimated date of baptism.
Step Two: Complete the Baptismal Preparation
First, watch the video Busted Halo’s Sacraments 101: Baptism (Why We Baptize). Then download, print and complete the accompanying study guide. This guide must be completed before you attend the class.
Step Three: Complete the Baptismal Class
Once your preparation is complete, you will attend the Baptismal class led by Deacon Chuck. This takes place on the second Sunday of the month from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm. During this class, you will learn about the Rite of Baptism. Watch this video Domestic Church Talk. Then download, print and complete the accompanying handout.
Godparents are required to watch the video Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God - Role of Godparents and attend the class as well. If godparents are not local, they may attend their own parish’s baptismal class and have their pastor or another parish administrator send a notice of class completion to Deacon Chuck.
This class will be valid for 3 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
When do baptism take place?
Usually, the fourth Sunday of the month at 12 pm. Exceptions are considered.
Is there any fee required?
Fees are not required. Donations are welcome.
Who can be a Godparent?
These are the requirements:
At least 16 years of age
Leading a Christian lifestyle
Can a non-Catholic person be a Godparent?
No, they cannot, but they can be a Christian Witness. They must be a baptized Christian.
How many Godparents do I need?
Two Godparents is the custom (a man and a woman), but you need at least one. If you only have one, the person must be a confirmed Catholic.