Baptism

Baptism initiates each of us as beloved sons and daughters into the family of God. It is usually celebrated shortly after a baby is born. This sacrament indicates that we have been born to a new life in Christ, made possible by Christ’s life, death, and Resurrection.

Baptism of Infants

“The Christian community welcomes you with great joy.”  These are the words of the priest at the beginning of Baptism, so it is fitting for the community to be gathered to welcome these new Christians. As such, baptisms are normally celebrated communally, either with other families or with the parish community at Mass.

During the current crisis, however, the Sacrament of the Baptism is being celebrated privately for each family.

Preparation
A baptismal preparation meeting is required for all parents who have not had a child baptized previously.  It is recommended but not required for the godparents to attend.

The preparation is currently being conducted via video conference.

Godparents
The mission of the godparent is, with the parents, to present the child for Baptism. They are to help the parents of the child in passing on the practice of the Catholic faith by helping the child grow in his or her relationship with Jesus Christ, in understanding of the beliefs of the Catholic faith, and in familiarity the rituals, prayers, and practices that accompany those beliefs.

A child to be baptized must have at least one godparent, but may have two – one godfather and one godmother. According to the universal law of the Church, to be admitted to the role of a godparent, a person must be Catholic, at least 16 years of age, have received the Sacrament of Confirmation, and not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized. A baptised non-Catholic Christian may participate as a Christian Witness to the baptism in addition to a Catholic godparent.

If a godparent cannot be physically present at this time, a proxy may stand in at the baptism.

Requesting Baptism for Your Child
To request baptism for your child, please complete a Baptismal Request Form, an editable PDF form that can be filled in online and printed or saved to your device and emailed. Alternatively, the blank form can be printed out and filled in by hand. You can access the form by clicking this link:

Baptismal Request Form

Completed forms may be emailed to Anne Mears, Collaborative Pastoral Care Coordinator, at anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org or brought/mailed to the parish office. Once we receive your request form we will contact you to discuss scheduling the baptism and baptismal preparation, if needed.

Baptism of Children

If you have a child to be baptized who has reached “the age of reason” (generally Grade 2 or 7 years), you and they will receive different preparation. Please contact Anne Mears, Collaborative Pastoral Care Coordinator.

Baptism of Adults

Adults who have never been baptized take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil.