Infant/Child Baptism


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 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 as a parishioner 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 (see right) at least a month prior to the date you would like to have the baptism take place.  Bring to the class your child’s birth certificate.

Requisite Paperwork:

  • The Cathedral Parish requires that the following be submitted before a Baptism can be scheduled:
    ‚Äč1. Baptism Register Form
    2. Copy of Child's Birth Certificate
    3. Godparent Certification

  • The Baptism Register Form will be given to you at the Baptism Class.
  • Godparents who are registered parishioners here at St. Jude will have to fill out and return our parish sponsor form.  Those registered at other parishes will need to arrange for a letter of good standing that is signed by their pastor to be sent to the St. Jude Parish Office (it can also be brought to the Baptism Class).
  • 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

Baptism Class

All parents are to enroll in our Baptism Class at least a month before the desired Baptism date.  The class allows parents to meet with couples from the parish who can answer any questions they may have about paperwork, choosing Godparents, what the Baptism will look like, and more.  Classes are usually held on the first Sunday of each month, and last roguhly an hour.  The class is held in the Parish Office immediatley following the 9:30am Mass. Click here to register.

Things to know for class:

  1. Sign up as soon as possible!  You do not need to wait for your baby to be born before taking the class!
  2. Bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.  This ensures that our records are accurate; your child will need these records for any and all sacraments he/she receives for the rest of his/her life!
  3. Have a date in mind.  Outside of the seasons of Advent and Lent, baptisms at St. Jude are to take place during our regular Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) Masses so that the entire community is able to participate in welcoming children into the Church.  If you have an extenuating circumstance that may require a private baptism or would like to request a particular priest or deacon, please let us know as soon as possible. (Though we cannot guarantee the availability of private baptisms nor of particualr clergy, we will work to accommodate these requests whenever possible.)
  4. Have Godparents in mind.  (See left for a guide on what makes an eligible Godparent.)
  5. Baptisms are by donation.  The suggested donation amount is $50.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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:

  • Catholics who are married outside of the Catholic Church or who are living with someone outside marriage may not be Godparents or sponsors at this time.
  • Each baptized child must have at least one Godparent, but may have no more than one Godfather and one Godmother.
  • The father or mother of the one to be baptized cannot serve as a Godparent.

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.



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