Preparing for Baptism in the Parish of Saints Joachim and Anne
We require parishioners to attend a Baptism Preparation Class before their children receive this sacrament. Classes are typically held on the last Tuesday of the month, at 7:00 pm. All classes are held in Room 234 of Shakopee Area Catholic School (SACS), located at 2700 17th Ave. E. in Shakopee. Preregistration is required. To register for a baptism class, please contact Cathy Wideman in the Parish Office at 952-445-1319.
The Baptism class covers the basic teachings of the Catholic Church about the Sacrament of Baptism and describes the roles of parents and godparents in bringing up the child in the Catholic faith. (Please know that we will need a copy of your child’s birth certificate as soon as possible after his / her birth.) We encourage you to read the Baptism rite in advance.
For a copy of the Rite of Baptism Click Here.
The Rite of Baptism for children points out that the role of the parents is more important than that of the godparents. However, each child to be baptized must have at least one godparent, who is an active, practicing Catholic. (Godparents need not be members of our parish.) If you decide to have two godparents, one must be male and one must be female. The second godparent need not be Catholic, in which case he or she will act as a witness. Together with the parents, godparents present the child for baptism, profess the Church’s faith, and assist the parents in their responsibility to raise their children in the practice of the Christian faith. Godparents must be at least 16 years old, they should be fully initiated into the Catholic Church by the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. They must live in a manner consistent with the Christian faith and with the role they are undertaking. They must be free to carry out this office according to Church law. Neither the mother nor the father may be the godparent of the child.
We encourage godparents to prepare for the baptism by reflecting on their own faith, their life of prayer and Christian witness, and their ability to assist the parents of the child to be baptized. Whenever possible, they should plan to join the parents at the baptism preparation class. Both parents and godparents exercise their responsibilities by their example of Christian living, family prayer, and active participation in the celebration of the sacraments and in the life of the parish community.
Please plan to arrive 15-20 minutes before the Baptism. This will give you time to meet any family members and to spend time in prayer to prepare to receive this sacrament. The child being baptized should be dressed in a white outfit with a loose-fitting neck, if at all possible. Family members should be dressed in a manner that shows respect for the church and the sacrament being received.
The presider and parish staff provide considerable time in preparing for your child’s baptism. It is customary to thank the parish and/or the presider at the Baptism with an honorarium. The amount is up to your discretion and resources, but the recommended amount is $50. This helps to provide sacramental preparation and ministries to others.
Please note that as long as your child is less than 7 years old, the process and requirements for receiving the Sacrament of Baptism are the same. If your child is 7 years old or older, we will work with you to find the best pathway that leads your child to receive this sacrament and to the other sacraments, including First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Depending upon the understanding and maturity of your child, this is a wonderful opportunity for him or her to share in the preparation for receiving these sacraments.