Baptism

The first Sunday of the month is generally “Young Family Sunday.” We offer special tables for hospitality, finger-friendly treats, and the chance to connect with other young families. Our ‘little kid’ play area in Kohler Hall was open for wee visitors every Sunday after Mass from September – May until the current restrictions. When we re-open fully, Young Family Sundays and Kohler Hall hospitality will return.

Baptism is the first of three sacraments of Initiation. A sacrament is “an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.” The grace a child receives will remain present throughout his/her entire life and will be enriched by living out a life in Christ.

First-time parents are required to meet with Laura Stierman in a low-key atmosphere on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm to talk about the sacrament and go over the Rite of Baptism. Our faith conversations and tour of the church will be about 30 minutes. We use FORMED.org for our Baptismal preparation; at their own convenience, parents will watch a series of videos called ReBorn before meeting with Laura.

All Baptisms are now private baptisms, with family members and personal guests only. We offer the sacrament of Baptism once a month on Sundays at 12:30pm and 1:15pm. You will be assigned a time after you submit the form.

Returning parents need only to fill out the form below.

Baptism Dates:

September 20 (FULL)

October 11

November 15

December 20

Baptism Classes:

September 15 (FULL)

October 12

November 10

December 15

Choosing a Godparent

Parents are entrusted to choose up to two Godparents. Godparents are an important part of the life of the child, since they will support and teach the child throughout life!

There is to be only one male sponsor (Godfather) or one female sponsor (Godmother) or one of each gender (Godmother and Godfather).

To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:
(a) be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
(b) have completed the sixteenth year of age
(c) be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
(d) not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared*;
(e) not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

Please note that a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community can be a Christian witness alongside a Catholic godparent.

*for example, adults who are married outside of the church, re-married without an annulment, or living together without the benefit of the sacrament of marriage.

If you are interested in Baptism, please complete the form in its entirety. This information is used for the official records keeping of the church. You should receive an email thanking your for your interest, if you do not, please contact Laura Stierman.

If you need to have a child baptized please fill out the form below.