Congratulations on taking the steps toward your child’s baptism!
Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call.”
- Acts 2:38-39
Jesus was baptized and taught his Apostles to go and do likewise. Through baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God! We become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.
We can’t wait to welcome you (Becoming Fully Catholic) or your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism! Please contact the Parish Office at 262-367-0800 to begin the process with Jess Panlener.
The Baptism Process
· Speak with Jess about the baptism process at St. Charles
· Have Godparent(s)/Sponsor(s) fill out their letters of reference, and their pastor sign and seal them. They must be posted to: St. Charles Catholic Church, ATTN: Jess Panlener, 313 Circle Drive, Hartland, WI 53029
· Come to a rehearsal, the week before your scheduled baptism. Rehearsals are mandatory and take only about 30 minutes. Jess will schedule your rehearsal and baptism at the same time.
NOTE: Please make sure to review all of the requirements for the Godparent(s)/Sponsor(s) BEFORE selecting the individual(s).
- Godparent/Sponsor must be at least 16 years of age.
- Godparent/Sponsor must be in good standing with the Catholic Church.
- Godparent/Sponsor must be a practicing Catholic (Attend Mass weekly on Sundays, and on Holy Days of Obligation).
- Godparent/Sponsor must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
- If married, Godparent/Sponsor must be married in the Catholic Church.
- Godparent/Sponsor cannot be the infant’s/child’s parent.
- Each infant/child must have one, and may have two, valid Godparent(s). If two are chosen, they must be one male and one female to reflect natural parenthood.
- Godparent/Sponsor will give support to the infant/child being baptized by helping him/her lead a Christian life and by helping the parents of this infant/child in their duty as Christian parents.
- One Sponsor may be a Christian witness if they are validly baptized in another Christian community and if the other Sponsor fulfills the above requirements.
**These requirements come from the Code of Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church; you can view the Law of the Church by visiting the Vatican Website.
We are pregnant or about to adopt a child, how soon can we start the baptism process?
Congratulations on your pregnancy or adoption! We encourage families to not delay and start the baptism process while pregnant or after being matched.
We are first time parents and want to have our infant/child Baptized. What do we need to do?
Congratulations on your newest family member! St. Charles is honored to serve parents seeking baptism for their children. All first-time parents and parents of children who are the first to be baptized at St. Charles are required to participate in a preparation process that explains the Godparent requirements and responsibilities, the beauty of the Order of Baptism, and the parental duty to raise children in the practice of the faith. Please use the links above, and contact Jess Panlener.
We have already baptized a previous child and now seek Baptism for our new baby/child. What do we need to do?
Congratulations on your new baby and your growing family! The requirement for first time parents and parents of children who are the first to be baptized at St. Charles are the same. If you have previously baptized a child at St. Charles, you merely need to fill out the forms above.
I am an adult who is considering being Baptized and/or becoming Catholic; what do I need to do?
We are excited that you are interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith. St. Charles invites you to join others who seek to know more about Jesus and His Church as you discern answers to your life and faith questions through Becoming Fully Catholic. Please contact Jess Panlener for more information.
My child, aged 7 or older, has not been baptized. What are the steps?
For those children who are over seven years of age the Church requires that they make a profession of faith. Therefore it is necessary that they themselves be prepared for the Sacraments of Initiation. Please contact Jess Panlener to begin the process of RCIA for your child.