Baptism at Old St. Mary's Church
Baptism Policy - Steps for Baptizing your Child
There is a booklet and a paper application form for baptism that describes the basic obligations and requirements for Catholic Baptism in the Parish Commons. Please fill out the application form and return it to the Church or the online registration form. A parish minister will then contact you about the required class for parents which takes place the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 PM. It is not necessary to wait until the child is born to attend the class.
It is traditional to give a stipend to the Church of $50-$100 according to one's means for baptisms that take place at Old St. Mary's. The donation should be made at the time of the class. If parents are requesting this class for baptism elsewhere, there is a fee of $25 for the class.
Although we do not require that godparents attend this class, we are happy to welcome godparents who need this class for baptisms elsewhere. There is a fee of $25 payable at the time of the class.
Checks should be made payable to "Old St. Mary's.
Baptisms are celebrated on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. The Rite begins during the Saturday 5:00 PM Mass and is completed after Mass at the Font.
Basic Obligations and Requirements of the Catholic Church
Parents who present a child for baptism should be active in the practice of their faith. Parents are taking on the obligation of raising their children in the faith; this involves a serious commitment to regular worship on Sunday. Your marriage is a tremendous example to your children. If you were married outside the Church, please speak to one of our Priests to have your marriage validated/blessed by the Church.
Though only one godparent is necessary, it is the custom to have two godparents, one who should be male, the other female. Please do not appoint multiple godparents. At least one godparent must be Catholic. The other godparent need not be Catholic, but must be a baptized Christian.
Baptism Procedures Used at Old St. Mary's Church
Baptisms take place on the second and fourth Saturday of the month. Do not make travel arrangements for other family members or godparents before confirming the date of the baptism with us following completion of the class by the parents.
At the time of the class, parents will review the obligations they are accepting and the steps of the ritual with a minister of the parish. They will also be given a form to fill out with all the necessary data to properly record the baptism at Old St. Mary's.
A certificate will be given after the Baptism for each child or mailed to you soon after the ceremony.
Matt. 28:19-20 - Jesus commands the apostles to baptize all
people "in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."