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SACRAMENTS

A Sacramental People

Baptism

Confirmation

Holy Eucharist

Reconciliation

Annointing of the Sick

Marriage

Holy Orders

Baptism

Pope John XXIII was once asked, “Your Holiness, what do you consider the most important day in your life?” Though his inquirer expected him to say the day he was ordained or the day he was elected pope, Angelo Roncalli answered, “The day I was baptized!”


Infant Baptism

biFor baptism of a child over the age of reason, teens, and adults, see Becoming Catholic.

We are pleased you have chosen St. Joseph the Worker parish as the place to prepare for and to baptize your child. This is a wonderful time of growth in faith and in our relationships with one another and with God. It is our hope that you will find below all the information you need to prepare for your child’s baptism.


The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the first sacrament and one of the three sacraments of initiation. By baptism the door to Christianity is opened. By the waters of baptism, we are made members of the body of Christ. Through baptism, your child becomes a part of our faith community in the Catholic Church. The importance of baptism is clear in Jesus’ example of being baptized and in his parting words to his disciples, “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” (Matthew 28:18).

A child may be baptized as an infant or up to the age of reason, which the Church recognizes as seven years old. “Parents are obliged to see that their infants are baptized within the first few weeks after birth; as soon as possible after the birth or even before it, parents are to go to the priest to request the sacrament for their child and to be prepared for it properly” (Canon 867.1). After the age of reason, the person must ask to be baptized.

Through the love and teaching example of their parents and godparents, children grow as followers of Christ and active members of the church community and the church in the world. The church directs us to prepare the parents and godparents for this important and sacred role.

To Have Your Child Baptized

  • Visit the Parish Center to receive a Baptism Information package or download and print the materials from the links in the right-hand column of this page.
  • After you have completed the Baptism Information form and the godparents have completed their form, return the completed Baptism Information form, a copy of your child’s birth certificate, the completed Godparent or Sponsor registration form, and the $60.00 baptism administrative fee to the Parish Center.
    Note: If you are not a member of St. Joseph the Worker parish or you do not live within the parish boundaries, you will need a permission letter from your resident parish.
  • Upon delivery of all required forms and documents and the required fee, you will receive an interview appointment.
  • At the interview, the interviewer will confirm the date for your child’s baptism and the date of the pre-baptism class you will attend.
  • Complete the pre-baptism preparation class for parents and godparents, unless you have already completed the class previously. It is recommended that parents and godparents attend the class together. We ask that children not be brought to the class. Please make child-care arrangements. If necessary, parents may need to attend the class separately.

Requirements for Parents and Godparents

Parents

  • One parent must be Catholic.
  • Must be willing to raise the child as a Catholic.
  • Complete the pre-baptism preparation class.

Godparents

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • May not be the parent of the child to be baptized.
  • A confirmed Catholic, having received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, and first holy Communion.
  • Committed to a life in harmony with the faith and your role as godparent.
  • Be freely willing to accept the responsibility to support the child in the faith.
  • Complete the pre-baptism preparation class.

Baptism Administrative Fee

There is no charge for the sacrament of baptism.

There is an administrative fee of $60.00 if the child will be baptized at St. Joseph the Worker. The fee covers the cost of materials, facilities, and the class and is due when you return the Baptism Information package to the Parish Center.

If more than one sibling will be baptized at the same ceremony in our parish, there is a fee of $20.00 for each additional sibling.

There is a fee for the pre-baptism class if the child will not be baptized at St. Joseph the Worker and the parents and/or godparents choose to take the class at our parish. The fee is $15.00 per individual.

2019 Schedule of Pre-Baptism Preparation Class and Baptism Celebration

Classes are offered once a month. As noted above, children are not allowed at the preparation class. Please make child-care arrangements or arrange for parents to attend the class separately.

ENGLISH


Class Schedule

Tuesday nights,
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Meeting Room
Conference Center Hall

January 8
February 5
March 5
April (No Class)
May 7
June 4
July 2
August 6
September 3
October1
November 5
December 3

 

Baptism Celebration

Saturdays, (Except Sunday, January 13)
Noon, in the church
Arrive at least fifteen minutes before the celebration

January 13
February 9
(No Baptisms March and April)
May 18
June 8
July 6
August 10
September 7
October 5
November 9
December 7

SPANISH


Class Schedule

Monday nights,
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Conference Center Hall

January 14
February 11
March (No Class)
April 22
May 20
June 17
July 15
August 12
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 9

Baptism Celebration

Saturdays, Noon
In the church
Arrive at least fifteen minutes before the celebration

January 19
February 23
(No Baptism March)
April 27
May 25
June 22
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 26
November 23
December 14


INFORMATION
Parish Center
818.341.6634