“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (CCC 1213)
The Baptism of a new baby is a joyous occasion for the entire family! St. Joseph’s parish family celebrates this with you and wants to help our youngest members and their families to feel very much at home. We offer a class for the parents of infants and young children to prepare for this holy sacrament. The class is designed to provide parents with the opportunity to better understand the sacrament, and to reflect on their own faith as they prepare to celebrate the baptism of their child .
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28: 19-20)
Infants and Young Children
The Baptism of a new baby or child (6 and under) is a joyous occasion for the entire family. The St. Joseph’s parish family celebrates this with you and wants to help our youngest members and their families feel very much at home. To this end, a preparation process is offered for parents of infants and young children to be baptized.
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Adults (Age 18 and Older)
Adults seeking to be baptized in the Catholic Church are invited to participate in our RCIA program. For more information Contact Us
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally one Saturday morning per month, except during Advent and Lent. Please call the office for the upcoming schedule.
Fill out the Baptism information form, provide a copy of the child’s certified birth certificate, and attend the class. There is usually one class per month held on a Saturday afternoon, except during Advent and Lent. Please contact the office for the next available class.
The parents or legal guardians of the child to be baptized, who have not taken this class in the last three years.
Generally two, and at least one Godparent must be a fully initiated practicing Catholic. One may be a ‘Christian Witness’–a baptized practicing Christian of any denomination.
Generally yes. If you are from another parish and wish to have your child’s Baptism celebrated here, please obtain a release form from your home parish. You must either attend our preparation class, or provide a letter from your home parish confirming completion of a similar class.
Godparents at St. Joseph’s are not required to take the class, but they are most welcome and are encouraged to attend with the parents. If a parishioner is going to be the Godparent of a child who is being baptized at a parish that requires their participation in a Baptism class, they can attend our class and receive a letter of completion.
No. A goodwill offering of $200.00 is recommended, and would be gratefully accepted. Donation envelopes are available in the office and at the preparation class.