For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
St. Matthew offers the Sacrament of Baptism every Sunday at 2 pm except the fifth Sunday of the month. Parents are required to attend a baptism preparation class. These classes are held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. Please contact Rachel Willoughby with questions.
Click here to fill out the Baptism Inquiry form. Once our form is received, someone will be in touch to help you register for a Baptismal class and a date for the Baptism.
It is the very ancient custom of the Church that at the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation, a godparent/sponsor is present. The function of the godparent/sponsor is: a) together with the celebrant who baptizes or confirms, to represent the Church in receiving the person into the communion of the Church; and b) to support the person in living the Catholic Christian life.
In accord with Canon 874 of the Code of Canon Law, the Church can admit a person to the role of godparent/sponsor if: a) he or she is more than sixteen years of age; b) is a baptized Catholic who has been Confirmed, has already received the Blessed Eucharist, and lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken; and c) is neither the father or the mother of the person.
Given the functions and role a godparent/sponsor exercises, a non-Catholic Christian cannot be admitted as a godparent/sponsor; however, he or she can serve as a Christian witness at baptism, provided that there is a Catholic godparent (c. 874 2). A baptized Catholic who is sacramentally or canonically ineligible to serve as a godparent may not serve as a Christian witness. These include those who subsequently renounced the faith in favor of another church community or entity. Those unbaptized and those whose Baptism is not recognized by the Catholic Church may not serve in the role of Christian witness but are welcome to be present at the ceremony.
Note that the Catholic seeking to be admitted as a godparent/sponsor “lives a life of faith which befits the role to be undertaken.” This means that the candidate for godparent/sponsor: a) sincerely believes and strives to put into practice the Word of God as taught by the Catholic Church; b) prayerfully assists at Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation; and c) if married, was married in accordance with the requirements of the Catholic Church. One godparent/sponsor is required. Two godparents/sponsors may be appointed provided one is male and the other female.
We know that your family and friends may be spread far and wide across the world and that many people have chosen Godparents who are coming from another parish. If you are picking Godparents who are not Saint Matthew parishioners, we ask that they provide a letter of good standing from their home parish stating that they meet the requirements above and are qualified to be Godparents.
Baptismal Records Requests
If St. Matthew was the church where you were baptized and you need an updated Baptismal record (with a notation about your other sacraments), please send an email to Rachel Willoughby with the following information:
- Name (including maiden name if now married)
- Date of Birth or Baptismal date if you know it
- Parents’ Names
- Current address and phone number
- Name and Address of church office where the certificate should be sent.
If you have any questions, please call our Parish Office at 704-543-7677