Jordan Program (Baptism Preparation)

What are the requirements for having my infant child baptized at Holy Family?

  • Being registered, active members of Holy Family Parish for at least six months before baptism or providing verification of active parish membership from their previous pastor.
  • Completing the Jordan Program
  • Having at least one full, initiated Catholic godparent at the baptism. While two godparents are preferred (one of each gender), Canon Law requires at least one. A Christian of another denomination may serve as a Christian witness alongside a single Catholic godparent.

What is the Jordan Program?

  • The Jordan Program is a preparation class for parents wishing to have their child baptized. Discussions at these sessions include symbolism of baptism, selection of godparents and faith development in children.

When are classes held?

  • Jordan Program classes are held on the third Sunday of each month. Contact the parish office at 816-436-9200 for more information.

How long do the classes last?

  • Jordan Program classes last two hours.

When should expectant parents attend classes?

  • Early in their pregnancy and before selecting godparents.

What does the person selected as a godparent or Christian witness have to do before the baptism?

  • The godparent must submit an eligibility certificate, signed by their current pastor and sealed with their parish’s seal.
  • A Christian witness must provide a verification form from their pastor that indicates that he or she is a practicing Christian.

When are baptisms held?

  • Baptisms are held the second Saturday of the month  at 11 a.m. or after the 11 a.m. Mass the last weekend of the month.
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