Baptism

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.

To make arrangements for Baptism, please contact Gayle Rhinehart 720-348-9700 ext 210 or gayler@stmarkhr.org  to schedule an appointment with our baptism facilitator prior to starting the baptism classes.

St Mark celebrates Baptisms on the 1st and 3rd Sundays after the Noon Mass.

Catechesis in preparation for Baptism for parents and godparents is required by Christ’s Church.  Dates through March 2020 are:

  • September 8th
  • October 6th
  • November 3rd
  • December 8th
  • January 12th
  • February 2nd
  • March 1st

Classes meet downstairs at 9:15 am – 11:30 am.

Godparent Requirements

(Click Here for Godparent Form)

Parent/guardian have the privilege and responsibility and are encouraged to choose two persons (one of each sex) as godparents (for the purpose of this policy, the terms godparents and sponsors are equivalent) for the Baptism of  their infant child.  Godparents are expected to:

  • accompany the parent/guardian during the time of baptismal catechesis;
  • present the infant child for baptism;
  • be stewards regarding the continuing faith journey of the child;
  • assist in guiding the child.

To be admitted to the role of godparent, a person must:

  • be designated by the parent/guardian, or in their absence, by the pastor or minister and is to have the qualifications and intention of performing this role;
  • be sixteen years old unless the pastor or minister has granted an exception for just cause;
  • be a fully initiated Catholic (has been baptized, confirmed and has received the sacrament of Holy Communion) and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
  • not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
  • not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized;
  • present a letter from their pastor attesting that they are a practicing Catholic.

A baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic church may be present for the Baptism as a Christian witness if there is also a Catholic godparent. If it is impossible for the godparent to be in attendance, their role cannot be fulfilled by a proxy.

If the role of godparent cannot be fulfilled, the baptism can and should take place.