The birth of a child is a blessing to
the family and to the entire Church! Among the many things
parents will pass on to their child is a religious faith tradition
in the Catholic Church. It is our hope that we will be able to
assist them throughout their child's life; but first things first, a child needs to be baptized! Baptism is the gateway to the
other sacraments and to heaven.
If you have a child who needs to be
baptized, please read the information below. This should help
answer some initial questions you may have. If you have more,
we will be happy to answer them.
What is required to be
baptized at Saint Pascal?
At least one parent must be Catholic and both must be open
to raising the child in the Catholic Faith. This is a
promise specifically asked during the baptism ceremony of
the parents. If you are not currently regularly practicing
your faith by attending Mass on the weekends, this is a
perfect time to start. Your child deserves it!
The Godparents have an opportunity to be important
influences in the life of your child. They are to act as
examples, true models of living Christianity. Therefore, it
is important that they be people who take their faith
seriously. For instance, Catholic Godparents should be
registered at their parish and attend Mass regularly.
They should also be accessible to your child. In other
words, while it might be nice to honor a relative who lives
far away, that person may not be able to fulfill the
obligations as a Godparent simply because they are not a
regular part of your child’s life. One should be a man, the
other a woman. At least one Godparent must be Catholic. If
the other is not Catholic, that person must be baptized in
some Christian denomination. Once the baptism has taken
place, it is not possible to change the names at a later
A birth certificate usually needs to be presented. It is
easiest to drop off a copy at the rectory. A baptismal
certificate will be given to you at the ceremony or will be
mailed to you.
Call the rectory as soon as you can to schedule the baptism.
One baptismal preparation session is required of all
families planning a baptism. We urge you to do this early,
at least two months before the baptism --- even before your
child is born! These take place the first Monday of every
month (holidays excluded). Both parents should be present.
Do not wait until the last possible session in case of
scheduling conflicts. Call the rectory to reserve your place
at the session.
Visiting priests are welcome to celebrate your child’s
baptism. The other preparation requirements still apply.
Baptisms generally take place on the third Sunday of each
month at 1:30 PM. Baptisms also take place during the Noon
Polish Mass as well. On rare occasions, another time might
be necessitated but because baptism is a sacrament of the
Church, there is no such thing as a “private baptism.”
The customary donation for a baptism is $50. This can be
made at the baptismal preparation session or the baptism
itself. An honorarium for the deacon or priest celebrating
the baptism is not required but appreciated.