How long do I wait to have my child baptized?
It is best to have the child baptized sooner rather than later. A good time range is between two weeks and one month of age. However, if your child becomes ill or is in danger of death while in the hospital, it is best to have the child baptized as soon as possible~ call the priest or deacon right away. If your child is baptized in the hospital, a rite of welcoming (which involves the normal external signs - white garment, candle, anointings, blessings, etc.) can take place in the church at a later date.
How do I select a date for the baptism? What about the location?
You can contact the Parish Office to select a date (812 576 4302). Baptisms can be done during Holy Mass, after Mass, or at another time that is arranged with the deacon/priest. You can have your child baptized in any of the four church buildings.
Does my house need to be blessed prior to the baptism, and is there a baptismal preparation class?
Part of the preparation needed for welcoming a Christian child into this world is the blessing of your home. Here in Dearborn County, we incorporate a home blessing with your pre-baptismal instruction. There is not a class that needs to be taken or attended.- we come to you! Please contact the office to schedule a time for the priest to visit your home. It is best to do this prior to the birth of your child.
Do I need to be a member of a parish to have my child baptized?
Yes! The registration process is really easy- just contact the Parish Office.
Or click here to download the All Saints Parish Registration.
What do I need to consider when choosing a godparent?
Please pray about your selection of a godparent; it is a great blessing to surround your children with authentic witnesses to the faith. You must chose at least one (1) godparent who is a practicing Roman Catholic living an exemplary life and who meets all of the following criteria:
- has been baptized, confirmed and receives Holy Communion on a regular basis.
- is age 16 or older (there may be exceptions to this rule with permission of the pastor)
- must be living a life consistent with their own baptismal vows (at a bare minimum – attends weekly Mass and is involved in the life of the church).
It is customary for children to have two (2) godparents (one male and one female). If both godparents are Roman Catholic, they must both meet all of the above criteria. As stated above, you only need to have one “Catholic” godparent. For your second godparent, you may chose a “Christian witness,” to support your child in the ways of the faith. This “Christian witness” must be a baptized Christian (at least 16 years of age) who is an active, participating member in the church which they attend.
Can I rent a room for a post-baptismal party?
Yes! This can be done through the Parish Office.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (812) 576 4302