We are so excited to welcome your child into the Catholic faith. In baptism the church welcomes with joy each new member of the Body of Christ. Since its first days, the church has been entrusted with baptizing “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and teaching what the Lord Jesus had taught his disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).
At St. Joseph, the baptism of infants and young children includes this important preparation:
Pre-baptismal orientation sessions typically are held on the third Wednesday of January, April, July and September. We meet in the Hospitality Suite at 7:00pm. Please call the Parish Office to register.
Please contact the Parish Office to find out the time and place of the next pre-baptism session.
Godparents must be baptized, confirmed, and practicing Catholics, 16 years of age or older and a person other than a parent or adoptive parent of the child. At least one godparent must be named. A Christian witness—that is, a baptized non-Catholic—may also be selected. Christian witnesses must also be 16 years of age or older and not the parent or adoptive parents. Grandparents may serve as godparents or as Christian witnesses.
Because of the communal, public nature of baptism, all baptisms are celebrated during the regularly-scheduled weekend liturgies. Baptisms are not scheduled during Advent and Lent, on certain holidays, or on days of major parish events (such as the annual Fun Fest). There may be more than one child baptized at a given Mass. Space in church will be reserved for family members and friends on the day of the baptism. We ask that each family and Godparents arrive 15 minutes prior to mass to meet with Fr. Dick or Deacon Rick in the Day Chapel.
What should my child wear?
It is appropriate to dress the child in a white baptismal gown; however any formal church attire is appropriate. A symbolic white stole will be provided by the church as part of the rite of baptism.
What if the godparent or Christian witness cannot be present?
A proxy may stand in on the day of baptism for either a godparent or a Christian witness. The godparent or Christian witness, not the name of the proxy, is listed on the certificate.
Can a guest priest or deacon baptize our child?
Yes. It is expected that the deacon or priest also serve as deacon of that Mass or concelebrate.
Where can I go to learn more about my faith?
Lifelong faith formation events are held each month for parishioners of all ages.
What if my child was already baptized in the hospital in an emergency?
The rites of baptism (in church) ought to be supplied after an emergency baptism. The hospital baptism is then documented in the parish baptism registry.