We do not charge any fees for baptism. We pass the collection plate at the service (or leave it on the table in the church, at the family’s option) and the family contributes voluntarily whatever it can afford.
We do not require anyone to attend any classes for baptism.
We have three options available for Baptism:
If the family desires to hold a reception at the church, the family brings its own refreshments and snacks.
At the end of the ceremony, the church furnishes a Baptismal Certificate.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a Sacrament, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. The outward and visible sign of Baptism is pouring of, or immersion in, water with the words, “[Name], I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The inward and spiritual grace of Baptism is dying to sin and arising in Christ Jesus.
What happens in Baptism?
In Baptism, we become a member of Christ, a Child of God, and an Inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven. Baptism initiates us into the Church community and begins our journey towards becoming one with God.
What is the Baptismal Covenant?
At baptism, the candidate enters into the Baptismal Covenant, affirming faith in God the Creator, Jesus the Incarnate Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as Sanctifier. The candidate promises to continue in the teaching of the Apostles in fellowship in prayers and breaking of bread, to persevere in resisting evil, to repent and return to the Lord if one sins, to proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ, to seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving one’s neighbor as oneself, to strive for justice and peace, and to respect the human dignity of all persons.
How long is a Baptism ceremony?
Sunday Mass with Baptism is typically about an hour and ten minutes. A private Baptism service is about twenty-five minutes without Mass and about forty minutes with Mass. An emergency Baptism service, which is done only in exigent situations, takes about fifteen minutes or less.
When should I arrange my baby’s baptism?
It is never too early. Many families start planning for the baptism while they are pregnant.
How soon after my baby is born should we have our child baptized?
Babies can be baptized as soon as they are born. The Church encourages families to baptize their children as soon as possible.
What about older children and adults?
A person of any age can be baptized. For adults, our custom is to do this in a meeting with the Pastor or other clergyperson. If a child is over seven years of age, or is able to read, we encourage the parents to talk to the pastor about instructing the child on the meaning of baptism. For minor children, the clergy conduct instructional meetings with the child when at least one of the parents, or other responsible adult, is present. Our clergy do not meet one-on-one with minors, ever.
Can a person be baptized more than once?
No. Baptism can only be done once. If a person has been baptized in another faith tradition where they use the Trinitarian formula of water and (in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit) it is recognized as a valid baptism. However, if there is some doubt about whether a previous baptism occurred or was valid, we will baptize the candidate conditionally. Be sure and contact us as each individual situation may be different.
Will both parents be on the certificate?
The Baptism Certificate must reflect the same information that the Birth Certificate.
What is a Godparent?
The role of a godparent is to set a good Christian example for your child and encourage your child in their faith journey. It is not an honorary title. Godparents serve a special role and must be selected carefully.
How many Godparents may a child have?
To have Godparents is not a requirement. A candidate may be baptized without them. Typically, a child has two Godparents, but sometimes one. Occasionally, there may be more than two.
Are there Godparents at adult Baptisms?
An adult, that is a person over 18 years of age, may have a sponsor to present her or him for Baptism, but this is not required.
What are the requirements for Godparents?
A Godparent must be a baptized person at least sixteen years of age. There are no other requirements.
Do you require attendance at classes for Baptism?
No. However, the parents and/or Godparents may arrange a meeting with the Pastor or other member of the clergy for instruction and information about Baptism. We prefer a meeting with the Pastor on a day before the baptism to plan the ceremony.
Must both parents be present at a child’s Baptism?
No. An infant or child may be presented for Baptism by any adult responsible for the child’s welfare, including, but not limited to, legal guardians and grandparents.
Do you celebrate Mass with a Baptism?
Although we will perform a stand-alone Baptism, we strongly encourage a celebration of the Mass as part of the Baptismal event.
Is music available for Baptism ceremonies?
Yes. However, the family is responsible for paying the musician fees, which must be paid in cash in advance. If the Baptism is at our Sunday morning Mass, the music is free!