Baptism

Why, exactly, do Catholics have the practice of baptizing infants? 

 
 

 Seven Sacraments of   the Catholic Church

 

 

  

INITIAL APPOINTMENT

Baptisms are held about once a month at St. Joseph, on Saturday mornings.

The process begins with a call  or visit to the parish office to register your child for baptism. You may also make an appointment to see a priest if you have questions the office staff are not able to answer.  

  
 

REQUIREMENTS

At least one parent must give consent for the baptism and attend the initial appointment.  The parents must have a personal commitment to helping their child grow spiritually within the Catholic community. Parents as well as Godparents, are required to attend pre-baptismal classes.

Parents are to be registered, participating members of the St. Joseph parish community.   

It is customary to have two godparents for each child, one male and one female.  The godparent must be at least 16 years of age and have been confirmed,  received First Communion and lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken.  The godparent may not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized.  If the godparents are not registered members of the St. Joseph parish community, they will need to have:

  • A letter of recommendation from their parish priest confirming that they are active members of their parish, and have attended the baptismal instructions or,
  • Have the letter from their pastor and attend all the instructions here at St. Joseph.

 

All paperwork including a copy of the child’s birth certificate must be turned in to the parish office at least 1 week prior to the Baptism date.                                            

 In baptism you offer your child to God.  God accepts your offering and makes your child His own and entrusts the child to you to be brought up as His child. 

In this context it is customary to make an offering to God in the place of your child, just as Joseph and Mary did when they offered Jesus to God in the Temple. The suggested offering is $50.

Feel free to contact the parish office at 447-2354 with any questions you may have.  

 

Baptism Classes

The next baptism class will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. Please call the parish office to register. 

 

 

 Baptism of Older Children

O.C.I.C (Order of Christian Initiation for Children)

Children older than 6 years old or who have started first grade should enroll in O.C.I.C., part of the Faith Formation program. Registration normally takes place in the summer months, and classes begin in September.

To find out more about O.C.I.C., contact Jerome Baybayan, Director of Religious Education, at 447-2354.  

 

 

Adult Baptism

 R.C.I.A Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

                  
 
                        The Sacrament of Baptism
 

 
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