In the waters of Baptism, we are given a share in the life of God through sanctifying grace. Additionally, we become brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ in the family of God and we are made member’s of the Catholic Church with all rights, privileges and duties.
The Proper Place for Baptism
The proper place for Baptism is the parish of the parents. A parent desiring to have their infant baptized at St Joseph Catholic Church is required to complete a parish registration form, participating in the sacramental life of the parish and has been contributing to the support of the parish for at least 4 months.
Parents who desire to have their infant baptized at St Joseph, but do not live in the parish or are not registered in the parish, must present a letter from the pastor of their parish stating that they have permission to have their infant baptized at our parish.
Newborns to Age of reason
It is to realize these effects of the sacrament of Baptism that the following requirements are made by the church for those who wish to have their infant baptized at St Joseph Catholic Church.
- Any child of a Catholic family, with at least one parent being Catholic, is eligible for Baptism.
- Parents and godparents must attend a Baptismal Preparation Class.
- The Baptismal application must be completed and all necessary documentation, including state issued birth certificate, parent and godparent Baptismal certificates, turned in to the parish office one week before attending the class.
- Godparents are spiritual parents of the child to be baptized. They assume the responsibility of helping the parents raise the child in the faith. For this reason, the following requirements exist for the godparents:
- The godparent must be a practicing Catholic. “Practicing Catholic” means that the godparent must be fully initiated into the Catholic Church (Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation) and participates actively in the church.
- The godparents must be at least 16 years of age and if married, must be married in the Catholic Church.
- One godparent is necessary. If two godparents are used, one must be male and one female. They may not be the parents of the child being baptized.
- A Christian witness is a baptized non-Catholic who may be a sponsor as long as the godparent is Catholic.
Baptismal classes are scheduled every other month (January, May, July, September, November) on the second Saturday of the month from 9 am – noon for English and Spanish. Please consult the bulletin or call the parish office to confirm class schedule.
Time of Baptism
Infant Baptisms are scheduled for noon in English and 1 pm in Spanish on the last Saturday of the month except during Lent and Advent. Allowances may be made for the Baptism at other times after consultation with the pastor.
Baptism for Children and Youth
Children over the age of reason desiring to receive the sacrament of Baptism should enroll in the age appropriate level of faith formation classes.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process through which adult men and women enter the Catholic Church. It includes several stages marked by study, prayer, professing faith in Jesus and the Catholic Church, and receiving or completing the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil Mass.