Baptisms at Saint Catharine usually take place on Sundays after the 11:00 am Mass and are performed by Deacon Chris. If you would like to request a different day, time, or celebrant, please contact the parish office.
In order for a child to be baptized at St. Catharine Parish, the parents are asked to take a preparation class. The class only needs to be taken once in the last five years. This class is intended to teach about the grace of the Sacrament and what it means to raise a child in the faith. Classes are offered once a month at St. Catharine. Details are available upon request from the parish office.
Parents, when selecting godparents for your child, please keep in mind that it will be their responsibility to help you teach that 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 (if needed) using the contact information provided.
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.