FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Does St. Maria Goretti do individual or group baptisms?
We do individual baptisms.
When do baptisms occur?
The usual times for baptisms are Saturdays after the 4:30pm Mass or Sundays after the 10:00am Mass. To schedule a Baptism, contact the office. No more than five baptisms may be scheduled at one time. Baptisms are not scheduled during Lent.
Where in the church does the baptism occur?
In the back of the Church around the Baptismal Font.
How many Godparents should we have?
You should pick one or two godparents only.
Can we choose anyone to be Godparents?
No, you should chose them based on their ability to help you raise your child in the belief and teachings of the Catholic Church. If you have two Godparents, it must be one man and one woman, but only one needs to be a confirmed Catholic who is in good standing (an active, registered parishioner of a parish). If you have only one godparent, they must be a confirmed Catholic in good standing. Both godparents must be baptized Christians. The role of Godparent isn't an honorary duty on the day of baptism, but a lifetime of shared faith with the child.
What if a Godparent or sponsor cannot be at the baptism?
A second person, who is not Catholic, may function as a witness; this person must be a baptized Christian. If a sponsor cannot be at the baptism, that person can still be a sponsor. The substitute or "stand in" is called the proxy. A proxy does not need to be Catholic.