When it’s time to baptize your baby, there’s a lot of planning that should be put into it. It’s a beautiful experience that you and your family will never get with your child again. So making the baptism as memorable as possible, be sure to know just what to do during the planning process.
If this is your firstborn child and you have never baptized a child before, then you’re going to need as much help with the planning that you can get. Continue reading below for all the extra help that you might need in planning a Catholic baby baptism!
Choose the Godparents
Your first step is to choose your child’s godparents. This step might be a bit harder than you think. Although your initial reaction might be to ask your best friend or favorite cousin to become the godparent, if they don’t share the same religious beliefs as you, then you might need to reconsider.
The Catholic church might have its own restrictions as well, so it’s important to keep this in mind. You’ll want the godparents to share the same religious beliefs as you to aid you in raising your child in the Catholic church.
Know the Requirements
Now, before proceeding any further, be sure you know the requirements given by the church that you select. Speak with the church about any requirements that they have for either the parents, the godparents, the child, and the event altogether.
All churches are different so it’s important not to skip this step.
Choose the Location and Date
Now you’ll need to choose the location and the date of the baptism. If you already belong to a church, then this should be a fairly simple step for you. If you don’t already belong to a church, then take the time to visit several parishes in the area and find the one you like best.
Keep in mind that many churches require the parents of the child to attend several classes before the baptism takes place. Once these classes are completed, select the date and time of the baptism.
Send Out the Invitations
The next step is to send out the baptism invitations. Have a guest list written out before creating the invitations. This way, you’ll know how many you’ll need.
You can find invitations online, which make for an easy process. Find a template that you like and then add in all of the important information. Be sure to include the name of the child and the reason for the invite (attending a baptism).
Are You Ready to Plan a Catholic Baby Baptism?
Now that you’ve read through this helpful guide, are you ready to plan a Catholic baby baptism? Keep this helpful tips in mind and your child’s baptism is sure to go as smoothly as possible!
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