Congratulations! Mother of Divine Providence Parish rejoices with you at the birth or future birth of your child. We want to help make this celebration of Baptism a joyful and faith filled experience. The celebration of Baptism is the first step in the Catholic Faith for your child. This celebration is shared by your family, friends, the parish and the entire Christian Community – the Church. Together we welcome a new member into the Church, and we promise our prayerful support and encouragement.
First things first: The Sponsors! There are lots of stories about sponsors and eligibility.
Parents need to select people who know the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is their primary and only responsibility to help you teach the catechism to your children. For this reason the Church obliges Catholics to select other Catholics who are in good standing in the Church.
Do the people you have in mind have these qualifications?
Are they at least 16 years of age?
Have they received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church?
If married, were they married in the Roman Catholic Church?
Do the attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation?
Do they receive the sacraments of the Church regularly?
Have you informed them and do they understand/accept the responsibility of teaching your child the Catechism of the Catholic Church by being faithful to their practice of the faith in their parish Church?
Letters of Eligibility from the parish in which the proposed sponsor lives.
Each parish has its own jurisdiction presided over by the parish priest. The priest has jurisdiction over every soul with his parish. A person who lives within that parish falls under this jurisdiction. After a person has moved out of that parish for six months or more, they are no longer considered under that particular jurisdiction and fall under the parish in which they live.
The persons asked to be a sponsor must seek a Letter of Eligibility from the parish in which they live. This letter states that the person in question is indeed a practicing Catholic and meets the requirements listed above.
N.B. if the people you had in mind are in fact not eligible, you should thank them for their willingness, but you will need to propose someone else who might be eligible. This happens all the time and should not be taken as a large dramatic moment. You are not making judgment on a person, they simply are not eligible. They might want to take this opportunity to have a talk with their parish priest, who will be more than happy to help them in their practice of the faith.
Arranging to have your child enter the Church through the parish community requires that parents clearly understand the importance of teaching each other, as well as their children, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which means to be “a parishioner”, and how we encounter Christ within the family, including the parish family, and the Archdiocesan family.
Our parish offers Pre-Jordan Class on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Parish Office Building. Both parents must take part. Call the Parish at 610-265-4178 to register.
The Rite of Baptism is celebrated on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 12:00 pm. Please call the Parish at 610-265-4178 to schedule.
As a help for your arrival, the Sacrament is celebrated near the Sanctuary, to the right of the Altar. You will see the font which fronts a whole section of pews on the south side of the church. Since the celebrant will want to anoint your child’s chest, it is recommended that you unbutton the top button of the dress to give the celebrant a little wiggle room.
A pacifier on hand will help if baby gets tired or even hungry. You are certainly welcome to bring anything that will help your child to relax and be comfortable.
Mother of Divine Providence warmly welcomes your family and prays that as we mature in the faith given to us by the Apostles, you will continue to journey with us joyfully!