Christian Initiation of Children (Grades 2-12)

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Our Christian Initiation for Children Program prepares children and teens for the following sacraments:  Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.  We are currently redesigning this program.  The process includes children and youth participating in one of our foundational programs (Wednesday Program, Family Program, or Youth Ministry) and families particpating in a number of events together in preparation of celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the parish office at 616-392-6700 or Emily Alba via email at ealba@stfrancisholland.org for more information.

Godparents

Godparents play a vital role in the faith of a child.  A godparent is a fully initiated Catholic who is in good standing with the church and is over the age of 16.  The godparent(s) represents the Catholic Church at Baptism and serves as a role model throughout the child’s life by living a fully Christian life.   For more information about selecting a godparent and/or the roles of godparents, please see the following links/articles:

 

Requirements/Restrictions - To ensure that a godparent is capable of their responsibilities, Church law states that the godparent be at least 16 years old (for maturity’s sake), fully initiated (having received Confirmation and Eucharist), be someone other than the legal parents, and one who leads a life in harmony with the Church.  All this may seem like quite a bit, but the purpose is to ensure that the rich and beautiful faith of the Church is passed on to your child in the most loving and authentic way possible. There are usually two godparents, but only one is required.  As per Canon Law, only one godparent can be male and one female. If the second person is not a Catholic, they can serve as a Christian witness.  They must have been baptized in another denomination - they cannot be a baptized Catholic who is not practicing the Catholic faith. While this person is referred to as a Christian Witness, his/her role in the rite of Baptism is very similar to the Catholic godparent. 

En Español

Nuestras Programas de Iniciación de los Niños preparan niños y jóvenes para los siguientes sacramentos: baptismo, reconciliación, eucaristía, y confirmación.  El proceso incluye a los niños y jóvenes que participan en uno de nuestros programas fundacionales (Programa Miércoles, Programa de Familia, o el Ministerio de la Juventud) y familias participando en varios eventos juntos en la preparación de la celebración de los Sacramentos de Iniciación.

Contacta la oficina parroquial (616-392-6700 o Emily Alba por email a ealba@stfrancisholland.org) con preguntas o para más información.