Baptism

Baptism of an Infant or Child


 A Baptism Message from Fr. Waters

Dear Friends,

I am grateful to you for your faith in Christ. Your desire to have your child baptized into the Body of Christ reflects your commitment to live your life in a Catholic Christian way.
     In accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, we at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral hope to share our baptismal journey with you into the Kingdom of God through the sacramental life of our parish.

God bless you and your family!

Your pastor in Christ,

Fr. Joseph Waters                   

 


Welcome      

The community of St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral looks forward to welcoming your child as a new member of our spiritual family. Through Baptism, Christians are saved from sin and born into new life in Christ. 
        Since ancient times, the Church in preparing children to be baptized has asked parents to express their intention to raise them in the faith of the Catholic Church. 
        The faith community of St. Jude’s supports parents in finding the true meaning of Baptism and in nurturing their children in the love of God and practice of the faith.
 


How do I prepare for my child's Baptism?

Are you fully engaged in your life of faith? If not, spiritually re-engage with your life of faith by doing the following: Register at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral Come to Mass every Sunday Ensure you are in full communion with the Church’s teachings, especially with regard to being validly married in the Catholic Church. Contribute time, talent and treasure to the mission of the Catholic Church here at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral. Make sure that if you have other children, they are being trained in the Catholic Faith by being enrolled in our Faith Formation or Catholic school. Plan to take the baptismal class the month prior to the date you would like to have the baptism take place. Call the parish office to sign up for the class. Space is limited, so sign up early! A volunteer will call you BEFORE the class to give you further instructions. Attend the baptismal class given on the first Sunday of the month after 9:30 am. Mass in the church office conference room. Please be on time. Bring to the class your child’s birth certificate.

How do I choose Godparents for my child?

It is an ancient custom of the Church that at the Baptism of infants, there must be at least one Catholic sponsor or godparent and no more than two, chosen to assist the parent in raising the child in the faith and to represent the expanded spiritual family of the child and the role of the Church as the mother. Later, godparents help the parents so that children will profess the faith chosen for them and live up to it. Their role is to ensure that the rich and beautiful faith of the Church is passed on to the child in the most loving and authentic way possible.

What are the requirements for a Godparent?

Assumes, along with the parents, the responsibility for the child’s faith – making a profession of faith and the promises prescribed Is a member of the Catholic Church in full communion with all the Church teachings Has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion Lives an exemplary Christian life by attending Mass weekly, receiving Holy Communion and receiving the sacrament of Penance at least once a year and is at least 16 years old.

Are there any additional requirements of Godparents?

Those Catholics who are married outside the Catholic Church or who are living with someone outside marriage may not be godparents or sponsors at this time. Each baptized child may have one godparent or one of each: one godfather and one godmother. The father or mother of the one to be baptized cannot be the godparent. If godparents are not registered members at St. Jude, they must arrange to have a Sponsor Certificate sent from their parish to our office.

Is there any additional information/requirements for my child to be Baptized?

Parents attend the baptismal class at least one month before the baptism ceremony. This will help you to really see what is involved in raising your child in the faith, to organize all the paperwork needed and, to understand the ceremony. Forms required: ​1. Request for Baptism 2. Birth Certificate brought to class 3. Godparent's Sponsor Certificates All of these must be submitted before a Baptism can be scheduled. The date requested in the form does not mean that the date is confirmed. Once you've returned all paperwork, please call the office to make sure your date is confirmed. If godparents are not registered members at St. Jude, they must arrange to have a Sponsor Certificate sent from their parish to our office. The Sacrament of Baptism takes place during our weekend masses. During Lent and Advent, Baptisms are after the 9:30am in Our Lady’s Chapel. If there are special circumstances, we will gladly coordinate the baptism at other times as available. Please call the Parish Office for more information. All Baptisms are scheduled through the Parish Office. Once you have submitted all paperwork, please call the parish office to schedule a Baptism date.

 

How to prepare for your child's Baptism:

 

Are you fully engaged in your life of faith? If not, spiritually re-engage with your life of faith by doing the following:

  • Register at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral
  • Come to Mass every Sunday
  • Ensure you are in full communion with the Church’s teachings, especially with regard to being validly married in the Catholic Church.
  • Contribute time, talent and treasure to the mission of the Catholic Church here at St. Jude the Apostle Cathedral.
  • Make sure that if you have other children, they are being trained in the Catholic Faith by being enrolled in our Faith Formation or Catholic school.
  • Plan to take the baptismal class the month prior to the date you would like to have the baptism take place. Call the parish office to sign up for the class.  Space is limited, so sign up early!   A volunteer will call you BEFORE the class to give you further   instructions.
  • Attend the baptismal class given on the first Sunday of the month after 9:30 am. Mass in the church office conference room.  Please be on time.
  • Bring to the class your child’s birth certificate.

Choosing Godparents

 

        It is an ancient custom of the Church that at the Baptism of infants, there must be at least one Catholic sponsor or godparent and no more than two (one male and one female), chosen to assist the parent in raising the child in the faith and to represent the expanded spiritual family of the child and the role of the Church as the mother. 
        Later, godparents help the parents so that children will profess the faith chosen for them and live up to it.  Their role is to ensure that the rich and beautiful faith of the Church is passed on to the child in the most loving and authentic way possible.


        A godparent or sponsor is a person who fulfills the                       following requirements:

  •  Assumes, along with the parents, the responsibility for the child’s faith – making a    profession of faith and the promises prescribed 
  •  Is a member of the Catholic Church in full communion with all the Church teachings
  •  Has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion
  •  Lives an exemplary Christian life by attending Mass weekly, receiving Holy Communion and receiving the sacrament of Penance at least once a year.
  • is at least 16 years old

Additional Requirements:

  •  Those Catholics who are married outside the Catholic Church or who are living with someone outside marriage may not be godparents or sponsors at this time.
  •  Each baptized child may have one godparent or one of each: one godfather and one  godmother.
  •  The father or mother of the one to be baptized cannot be the godparent.
  • If godparents are not registered members at St. Jude, they must arrange to have a Sponsor Certificate sent from their parish to our office.

 

St. Jude Church's guidelines for Godparents correspond to the Universal Law of the Church. See Canon 874 and Canon 893 of the Code of Canon Law.
 


Additional Baptism Information & Requirements:

  • Parents attend the baptismal class at least one month before the baptism ceremony.  This will help you to really see what is involved in raising your child in the faith, to organize all the paperwork needed and, to understand the ceremony.
  • Forms required:
    ​1. Request for Baptism 
    2. Birth Certificate brought to class
    3. Godparent's Sponsor Certificates
    All of these must be submitted before a Baptism can be scheduled.
  • The date requested in the form does not mean that the date is confirmed. Once you've returned all paperwork, please call the office to make sure your date is confirmed.
  • If godparents are not registered members at St. Jude, they must arrange to have a Sponsor Certificate sent from their parish to our office.
  • The Sacrament of Baptism takes place during our weekend masses.  During Lent and Advent, Baptisms are after the 9:30am in Our Lady’s Chapel.
  • If there are special circumstances, we will gladly coordinate the baptism at other times as available.  Please call the Parish Office for more information.
  • All Baptisms are scheduled through the Parish Office. Once you have submitted all paperwork, please call the parish office to schedule a Baptism date. 

The Rite of Baptism

A brief summary of the most important parts of the Rite of Baptism:

Sign of the Cross: the celebrant traces the sign of the Cross on the child’s forehead.  Parents and godparents do the same. ‘In Baptism you are claimed for Christ.’

Litany of Saints: the entire community is present.

Renunciation of sin & Profession of Faith:  Parents, Catholic godparents and the assembly renew their baptismal promises.

Font and Baptismal water: parents and godparents come to the font. Celebrant pours water over child’s head.

Anointing with Chrism: celebrant anoints child on the head with sacred Chrism.

White garment: celebrant gives garment to godparent to put on infant.

Baptism candle: godparent lights the candle ‘This light is the light of Christ’

Prayer over ears and mouth: celebrant prays while touching child’s ears and mouth

 

St. Jude Church's guidelines for Godparents correspond to the Universal Law of the Church. See Canon 874 and Canon 893of the Code of Canon Law.

 

A checklist for Baptism:

  • Take Baptism class at least a month before desired Baptism date; classes are about an hour long, after the 9:30am Mass in the Parish Office. Click here to register.
  • Expectant Mothers, take the class before baby is born!
  • Bring questions about Baptism & your child's Birth Certificate
  • Suggested Donation of $50 per family
  • Choose elidgable Godparents
  • Submit all paperwork
  • Call Parish Office after all paperwork is submitted to confirm your Baptism date
  • If you need to cancel or re-schedule pelase contact the Parish Office immediately
   

       

 

 
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