These requirements apply to parents wishing to have their child who is less than 7 years old baptized at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Parents should familiarize themselves with these requirements and then call the parish office at 480-981-2021 to begin the process to have their child baptized.
- Newly registered members observe a three month waiting period before beginning preparations for infant baptism.
- Parents registered in a parish other than Holy Cross, but desiring to have their child baptized at Holy Cross should call the parish office as soon as possible to schedule a welcoming discussion with the parish Baptism Coordinator. At this meeting, the Baptism Coordinator will go over the specific requirements for preparation for the sacrament for your child.
- Unless otherwise determined by the Baptism Coordinator, parents are required to attend a baptism preparation class. The class may be taken at Holy Cross or at another location. If the class is not taken at Holy Cross, the parents must provide the Baptism Coordinator with a copy of proof of attendance.
- The date of attendance will be discussed at the initial meeting with the Baptism Coordinator.
- Parents must present a copy of the child's birth certificate at the meeting with the Baptism Coordinator. The certificate will be returned to the parents.
- The Catholic Church asks that there be one or two godparents. If there are to be two godparents, one should be male and the other female. A godparent must be a fully initiated (baptized, confirmed, and first Eucharist), practicing Catholic at least 16 years of age. If married, the godparent must be married in the Catholic Church. The godparent should be a member of a Catholic faith community. Godparents are encouraged, but not required, to attend a baptism preparation class. Godparents are required to provide documentation (i.e., a letter from their parish) that they meet the requirements to serve as a godparent.
- Parents selecting only one godparent may have a Christian witness serve with the godparent. A Christian witness must be a baptized Christian of a faith recognized by the Catholic Church. The Christian witness may be a Catholic not meeting all of the requirements for a godparent or they may be a practicing Christian of another denomination.
- Once all of the requirements are met, a date for the baptism will be arranged.