First Communion – The Second Saturday of May 10:00 am
It is the teaching of the Catholic Church that parents are the first educators (CCC#2222). The Church of the Holy Ghost is happy to assist you in teaching your child(ren) the faith. We provide year-long classes to prepare children and teenagers for the reception of the Sacraments of First Penance, First Communion, and Confirmation.
First Penance and First Holy Communion
If you feel ready to accept the responsibility of raising your child in the Catholic Faith, contact the parish church where you worship to become a registered member and to inquire about Baptism Preparation classes.
In preparing for your child’s Baptism, you should ask yourselves some questions: “What place does God have in our lives?” “What place does the Church have in our lives?” “Are we striving to practice our faith?” “What sort of faith do we want for our children?” “Where do we intend to go to church?”
Your answers to these questions should directly affect where and when you choose to celebrate your child’s Baptism. For a Catholic, the desire to have a child baptized should indicate an acceptance of the teaching of Jesus Christ as handed on to us by the Church. The Church urges all Catholics to practice their faith in a particular parish family.
For those who accept God’s invitation, faith promises Eternal Life! During the Baptism ceremony the parents are asked to affirm their faith. The desire of parents to have a child baptized is a witness to their love for the child. It should also give witness to their acceptance and living of the teaching of Jesus Christ as handed on to us by the Church. We will urge you to participate in Mass each week at your parish, and to lead your child to Jesus by word and example.
The Church does not want your child’s name to be inappropriate for a Christian. It is best if the child’s first or middle name is shared by someone famous for Christian faith and goodness. Choosing a saint’s name gives your child a hero to imitate, and a helper in prayer.
Your child must have at least one godparent, who is at least 16 years old, and a fully-initiated (confirmed) and practicing Catholic in good standing. We ask that the godparents obtain a letter from their pastor attesting to these things. A godparent should be chosen because he/she is someone who will pray for your child, and who can help you to teach your child to be a good Catholic by word and example. If there are to be two godparents, one must be a man, and the other a woman.
Congratulations! We believe that every child is a precious gift of God. It is truly wonderful that you wish to share your faith with your child, for Jesus Himself said: “Let the children come to me.” As you begin the task of bringing up your child in the Catholic Church, you undoubtedly have many questions and concerns. We would like to share with you the rich depth and beauty of what it means to be a Catholic parent. Below are a few steps to help you begin the planning your child’s Baptism.We invite you to read carefully the following information which describes in part the perspective and teaching of the Catholic Church in regard to the celebration of Baptism. After having read and reflected upon this information, if you have any questions, or if you are prepared to formally inquire about the possibility of celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism here, please contact Leslie Cannon (303) 292-1556, ext. 22. Leslie works in the parish office on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CCC 1499 "By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that he may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ." Anyone in need of this sacrament of healing should contact the parish office.
Classes begin in late September and run each week through April. The date for Confirmation (early Spring) is scheduled by the Archbishop’s Office
Canon 872 and Canon 974 of the Code of Canon Law list these requirements for valid and lawful sponsorship in Baptism and Confirmation.
Contact Connie Magers
Contact the parish office.
Begin by contacting the parish church where you are a registered member. For a just cause, the priest may give permission for your child to be baptized here at Holy Ghost. We cannot baptize your child without written delegation from him.
Every Catholic is called upon to assume an active and supportive role in a specific parish community. If you worship with us regularly, but have not yet registered, please contact the parish office.
A practicing Catholic is someone who accepts and strives to live the teaching and Commandments of Jesus Christ as handed on to us by the Catholic Church, and who regularly participates in the worship of the Church. A practicing Catholic receives the Sacraments regularly, and supports the Church financially.
NOW, is the time to begin. Register at a parish and start attending Mass. Seeking Baptism for your child presumes that you are striving to live your faith.
At least one parent of the child must be willing to guarantee that the child will be brought up in the practice of the Catholic Faith. A grandparent or legal guardian may also make this guarantee, provided that the parent is not opposed to the Baptism.
Jesus says: “If you love me, keep my commandments.” We urge parents, as the first teachers of their children, to live holy lives. Your situation will not necessarily prevent your child from being baptized, as long as you guarantee that you will do all in your power to properly form your child in the Faith.
If your child has already reached the age of reason, it is important that he/she know what Baptism is, and consent to it. Such a child should participate in R.C.I.C. classes.
Baptism is NOT a private event, but the welcoming of a new member into the family of the Church. We celebrate Infant Baptism once a month on Sunday afternoons.
A Non-Catholic can be an official witness to your child’s Baptism, but not a god parent. There must be at least one godparent who is a fully-initiated and practicing Catholic in good standing.
There may be two; one man and one woman.
You and the godparents will need to attend a baptismal preparation class, after which you may schedule the date of your child’s baptism.