Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation by which we are freed from all sin and are endowed with the gift of divine life, are made members of the Church, and are called to holiness and mission (cfr: USCCA). Preparation for Baptism is based upon the age of the recipient.

Baptism Parent Guide

Infant/Toddler Baptisms

Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Community looks forward to welcoming your child into our faith. The following information will help you get started.

To get started, fill out the Baptism Registration Form found below. In addition to the Baptism Registration Form, we will need a copy of your child’s birth certificate.  This can be a scan or photo emailed to  or you are welcome to mail in a copy.

Contact the parish to arrange a time to meet with Lori Helfrich, Parish Life Director. You may call the parish office (606)436.2533 or speak with the Parish Life Director any Sunday before or after Mass. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to attend a Baptism class? 

If this is your first child being baptized, you will need to attend a baptism prep class. In order to make the event as meaningful and celebratory as possible, we will schedule a couple of sessions with you to review the meaning of our own baptism, what the Sacrament of Baptism means for your family, our community of faith.  We will review the symbols of the rite so that they might speak to us loudly and clearly the gift of life has given and gives now in this Sacrament.

What are the requirements for godparents? 

You should choose a godparent or godparents who will support you in raising your child in a life of faith.  At least one godparent must be a Catholic over the age of 16 who has received the sacrament of Confirmation.  If a godparent isn’t able to be present at the ceremony, you may have a proxy stand in for him or her. 

Can Baptism and the classes happen in Spanish? 

Yes we are able to offer baptisms in Spanish based on availability of our Sacramental Minister who speaks Spanish.  

My child, or I, was baptized at Mother of Good Counsel and I need a copy of my baptismal certificate

We are happy to provide a copy of your baptismal certificate.  Please click here to find the form that needs to be filled out, as well as instructions on how to submit it.