Baptism

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 Frank Pavlick on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm to discuss the sacrament and review the Rite of Baptism. Our faith conversations and tour of the church will be about 30 minutes. At St. Jude of the Lake, we use FORMED.org for our Baptismal preparation. Parents will watch a series of videos called ReBorn before meeting with Frank. Parents who already have children are required to have a 10-minute phone conversation with Frank.

All Baptisms are private baptisms unless you choose a date that is specified in Mass, with family members and personal guests only. We offer the sacrament of Baptism once a month on the third Sunday at 12:30 pm.

Parents must be parishioners of St. Jude of the Lake.  Please complete the following forms.

Baptism Registration Form (to be completed by parents). 

Godparent Eligibility Form (to be completed by Godparents).  This form is to be completed by the Godparents of the child to be baptized. Please read the information below in detail. Godparents must meed the requirements to be eligible.

Christian Witness Eligibility Form (to be completed by Christian Witness). 

2023 Baptism Dates:
January 15th, 9:00 am (during Mass)
February 19th, 12:30 pm & 1:15 pm
March 19th, 12:30 pm & 1:15 pm
April 15th, 4:30 pm (during Mass)
May 21st, 12:30 pm & 1:15 pm
June 18th, 12:30 pm & 1:15 pm

** All Baptism prep classes will be on Monday nights except for Wednesday, April 12th, 2023.

2023 Baptism Classes at 7:00 pm
January 9th
February 13th
March 13th
Wednesday, April 12th
May 15th
June 12th

Choosing a Godparent

Baptism is a sacrament of initiation, which brings a person into union with Christ as a member of the Catholic Church.

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. If married, Godparent needs to have been married in the Catholic Church. A Godparent must be practicing the Catholic faith.

(d) not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared. Adults who are married outside of the church, re-married without an annulment, or living together without the benefit of the sacrament of marriage are ineligible for the role of Godparent.

(e) not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.

Please note the following:
(1) Baptized persons who were baptized into a non-Catholic ecclesial community and practicing the Christian faith can be a Christian witness alongside a practicing Catholic godparent.

(2) A person baptized and Confirmed Catholic, but who now practices and adheres to a different faith tradition is ineligible for the role of Godparent or Christian witness.


Godparent Eligibility Form (to be completed by Godparents).  This form is to be completed by the Godparents of the child to be baptized. Please read the information below in detail. Godparents must meed the requirements to be eligible.

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 you for your interest, if you do not, please contact Frank Pavlick.