We are so excited to officially welcome your child into the parish!
If you are interested in baptizing your child at St. Catharine, please complete the registration form below. Parents will then be contacted to register for the preparation class. All godparent forms must be turned in and Baptism prep class attendance must be completed BEFORE your child’s baptism is scheduled.
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 once a month on Saturday mornings. 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’s baptism is scheduled. The next available prep classes are October 25 and November 17, 2018. Parents must be registered for the class with the parish office to attend.
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 must 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. Please take this godparent video into consideration as you discern role models for your children.
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. All necessary letters must be turned in to the parish office before your child’s baptism is scheduled.
Baptisms at Saint Catharine usually take place on Sundays following the 11:00 am Mass. The suggested baptism stipend at St. Catharine is $40.
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.