Baptisms at Saint Catharine usually take place on Sundays following the 11:00 am Mass. If you would like to request a different day or time please contact the parish office at 614.231.4509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order for a child to be baptized at St. Catharine Parish, the parents are required by Canon Law to take a preparation class. This class is intended to teach about the grace of the Sacrament and what it means to raise a child in the faith. We are very excited to introduce the Belonging program, which will be offered every other month on Saturday morning. More details regarding the prep class will be provided once you have registered your child for baptism, but please keep in mind that the class must be taken before your child is baptized. We advise requesting a date that is two or three month in advance to ensure there is plenty of time to complete the class.
Parents, when selecting godparents for your child, please keep in mind that it will be their responsibility to help you teach your child about the Catholic Faith, and to act as role models of the Christian life. For these reasons, at least one godparent needs to be Catholic, and godparents should be one male and one female. If selected godparents are unable to attend the baptism, they can be represented by a Proxy with permission from the pastor. If this is the case, please contact the parish office.
If parents or godparents are not registered parishioners at St. Catharine, then we will need letters from their home parish. It is the responsibility of parents and godparents to request these letters from their home parish.
The suggested baptism stipend at St. Catharine is $40.
We will confirm requested date of baptism and register for a baptism class using the contact information provided.
If you are a registered parishioner at St. Catharine, but wish to be a godparent for a baptism taking place at a different parish, please fill out this form: St. Catharine Sponsorship form for Baptism or Confirmation, and send it to the parish office. We will then send it to the church where the baptism will take place.
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. “He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water” (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).
Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.
By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.