Congratulations on the birth of your child, and thank you for inviting the Church into your child’s spiritual journey! In the Catholic Church, Baptism is an initiation into a community of faith. Baptism is a ritual act that affirms that it is not just an act of/for an individual, but an act of/for a faith community.

This is why the Church directs that baptism be celebrated in the specific church community to which a family belongs: the local parish. It is in the parish community that a family can “put down roots” for themselves and grow not only the child’s initiation into the Roman Catholic Church, but also help in the growth of the life of that Parish community. The parish can provide a place to foster and help grow the faith of the child to whom you are seeking baptism.

If you are a parent and you would like to schedule a baptism at St. John XXIII, you will need to contact Angela Holt at [email protected] or (505)293-7756. We will need:

  • The parents' contact information (names, address, phone number, and email),
  • A copy of the child's birth certificate,
  • A sponsor affidavit for each godparent (these are provided by the parish where each godparent is registered), and
  • A copy of a certificate of completion of a baptism class for each parent and each godparent.

Parents, when choosing godparents, please remember, godparents should be baptized members of the Catholic Church, at least 16 years of age, have made their First Holy Communion and received the Sacrament of Confirmation. They should not be married outside of the Catholic Church, nor be cohabitating (living outside of marriage with someone). They should normally attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, receive the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) at least once a year, and go to Holy Communion at least once a year in the Easter Season, and be registered at the parish where they attend Mass. You may choose only one godparent of any gender. If two are chosen, they may not be the same gender.

For information on our Baptism Classes for parents and godparents, please read below.