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Catholic baptismal question....are step-parents allowed to step up to the altar during the baptismal?

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Asked by MommyofBandG at 4:25 PM on Apr. 20, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Catholic Christenings are usually done within the first month, and it's only the parents and god-parents. Typically the baby hasn't been alive long enough to have a step-parent. Are you asking about an older child converting?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 4:28 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • Yes, my child is olders and for various reasons she will now complete the baptismal sacrament.I wasnt sure if her step father and step mother are able to attend at the altar while she is baptised.

    Comment by MommyofBandG (original poster) at 4:34 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • I think only her father

    Answer by adnilm at 4:44 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • It's really up to the priest - some are stricter about doctrine than others. If you were having the step-parents stand as the godparents, that would guarantee it no matter what.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:17 PM on Apr. 20, 2011

  • NP, we actually don't call them christenings. That is more of a Protestant term used for Baby Dedications, which are also a beautiful ceremony. Baptism is seen differently among different Christians, as you probably know.

    OP, I don't see why they wouldn't be able to come up. When we adopted our first child we told the priest that our DD's birth mom would be at the Baptism and we wanted to honor her in some way. He spontaneously invited her up to the altar with us during the ceremony, and did a prayer "blessing of the mothers" that he made up on the spot. She was really touched.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 12:03 AM on Apr. 21, 2011

  • NP, we actually don't call them christenings

    My mother, grandmother, and the priest would beg to differ with you, but that's really a silly thing to complain about, now isn't it? Since we've been using the same family Christening Gown for 4 generations...

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:17 AM on Apr. 21, 2011

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