Are there any requirements in order to have my child baptized at Our Lady of Guadalupe?
Parents/Guardians are required to be a registered parishioner here or have a personal connection with a registered parishioner (i.e. grandparents are members of the parish). Parents or guardians must have completed a Baptism preparation program.
If a family is a member of another parish, a letter must be received from their own parish granting permission for the baptism indicating that they are registered and have participated in that parish’s Baptism preparation class.
Note: Please allow four months to schedule a baptism.
Do both parents/guardians have to be Catholic?
No, only one parent/guardian needs to be Catholic or is preparing to become Catholic. A child may be baptized so long as there is a well-founded hope they will brought up in the practice of the Catholic faith. This hope is present so long as one parent/guardian is willing to practice the Catholic Faith and share it with the child.
We are not married. Can our child be baptized?
Yes. If you have any questions about marriage in the Catholic Church, please contact the parish staff or go to our www.olgseattle.org/marriage.
Who can be a godparent?
Church law requires that there is at least one godparent for the child baptized. Godparents need to be active, practicing and confirmed Catholics at least 16 years in age. Godparents need to submit written proof of registration from their parish, and have completed a Baptism preparation program.
Can a non-Catholic be a godparent?
No, only a Catholic can be a godparent because they are asked to promise to help support raising the child in the Catholic faith. A non-Catholic Christian can be a "Witness" as long as there is one Catholic godparent. A non-baptized person cannot be a godparent or witness.
What if the godparents can’t come to the actual celebration?
You can have a proxy stand in for the godparent(s). Please let the staff know so they can record the name of the proxy on the certificate.
Can I schedule a private baptism?
No, unless there is an exceptional circumstance. Baptism celebrates the initiation of the child into the parish community and it is very important that the community is present at the time of the celebration.
Is there a fee for Baptism?
No. It is presumed that the parents/guardians belong to the parish and are regularly supporting the Church according to their ability. The priest or deacon performing the Baptism is often given a monetary gift as a token of appreciation, but this is at the discretion of the family. If the parents/guardians do live elsewhere and are celebrating the Baptism here for the convenience of the family, a donation to the parish would be very appropriate.