Children Sacraments

CONTACT INFO

For any questions about child/family sacramental prep, please call Anthony Gallegos at 303-422-9173 or email him at agallegos@spiritofchrist.org.

Baptism

Baptism (of infants and children up to age 7) Baptisms are scheduled on
most Sundays  following the 12:15 Mass. To help prepare for this important
sacrament, please call the front desk and sign up for the next baptism prep
class. During this class you will:

  • Fill out important paperwork.
  • Learn more about what this awesome sacrament entails.
  • Get familiarized with the baptismal rite and your responsibilities.
  • Ask any questions you may have concerning the baptismal process.

A word about Godparents

Godparents hold a very special, and as it were, an official office in the church. As such, Canon Law governs who can act as godparents by declaring certain pre-requisites or criteria that God parents must meet in order to be Godparents.
These requirements are:

  • They can be neither the natural mother nor father of the one being baptized.
    They have to be at least 16 years of age (this is the ONE requirement that can be waived if granted permissin from the Archbishop).
  • They have to be fully initiated into the Catholic Faith which means they have to be baptized, received First Communion/Eucharist and be Confirmed in the Catholic faith.
  • If the person is married, they need to be married in the Catholic faith, which means a Catholic priest or deacon witnessed the marriage and marriage was conducted within a physical Catholic church building (unless a formal dispensation was granted by the Church to do otherwise).
  • If the person is single, they need to be living a chaste life according to their state in life and in accord with the scriptures, which means, for example, that they are not engaged in any type of sexual relationship outside the sacrament of marriage.
  • They canot be laboring under any type of canonical penalty imposed or declared.
    They must be able to declare and profess that they hold as true all that the Holy Catholic Church holds and teaches to be true.
  • They need to have been properly instructed in the role of a Godparent and promise to fulfill that role.
  • A child needs to have one Godparent and may have two. If there are two Godparents, one needs to be male and the other female.

First Reconciliation (Confession), Confirmation, and First Eucharist (Communion)
Families with children entering into the 2nd grade* and who are baptized Catholic are invited to begin preparing for the completion of their Sacraments of Initiation. Specifically this means that children are invited to prepare for and receive their first Confession in the second grade year and consequently, are invited to prepare for and receive CONFIRMATION and First Communion/Eucharist in their third grade year.

The Anchor, our Wednesday night catechetical program, is the primary tool for preparing children to receive the sacraments. More about the Anchor can be discovered by clicking here.

Family Catechumenate 2017-2018
This process is for children 7 years of age to grade 6 who have not been baptized, who have been baptized in another Christian Church or who are baptized Catholic and are in fifth grade or older and are in need of First Communion.

This is a family process.  Children cannot be dropped off for these sessions. An adult, preferably the parents or legal guardian, will attend with their child each week. Deadline to register is Aug. 17, 2017.  See below for contact information.