The day of Baptism is a day for the whole family to celebrate! For your child, Baptism is the day in which she/he is reborn in Christ Our Savior.
For the parents, godparents, and family, it is a day of great happiness for their child is to receive the faith, which has been handed down from their family members.
For the Christian community, it is a day of promise, welcome, and hope as a new member of the Church received the faith and we reaffirm our Christian heritage. Baptism is the first step in initiation into the sacramental life of faith.
Families are required to have all the necessary forms; – parish registration, baptismal registration, and letter of permission from pastors of other Catholic parishes – completed and turned into the Parish Office before scheduling a date for the Baptism. (See below for the checklist of forms) We ask that families arrive 15 minutes early on the date/time of Baptism in order that other liturgical commitments will not be disrupted.
In order to have your child baptized at St. Didacus Parish, parents must fulfill the following requirements:
- Registration: Parents must be active registered parishioners of St. Didacus for at least 3 months. If you live outside the Parish boundaries you must be practicing your faith and be registered here for at least at least 3 months prior to the date of baptism.
- Copy of Birth Certificate: Please submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate. You may email a PDF scan to: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off a copy at the Parish office.
Interview: In some circumstances, an interview with the pastor or deacon is required before scheduling the Baptism. Please contact the parish office for more details.
- Sponsors: A Sponsor (Godparent) must (a) be at least 16-years-old, (b) received the sacraments of Communion and Confirmation, and (c) must be of good moral character, living a life of faith. One sponsor, male or female, is sufficient, but there may be two, one of each sex (Ref. Canon Law #873-874, “Sponsors”). If from another parish, the individual will need to provide a letter from her/his parish stating that the sponsor is in good standing at that parish. If married, they must be married in the church.
- Fees: There is no fee for Baptism. Parents and Godparents are encouraged to make a donation
on the day of the Baptism through the attached envelopes as an expression of gratitude to God
for their child.