Baptism

NOTE: Please read all information and guidelines listed below before submitting a Baptism request. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there will be strict guidelines that must be followed. 

About the Sacrament

Baptism is the gateway to all of the other Sacraments. Through Baptism, a person is made a member of the Body of Christ, incorporated into the Church and has all of his or her sins wiped away, including Original Sin inherited from Adam and Eve. The Sacrament also gives a multitude of other graces: the person becomes a dwelling place of God; a temple of the Holy Spirit and an adopted son or daughter of God the Father. Baptism is the beginning of a new life lived in God’s grace. We celebrate Baptism at the command of Jesus, who told the Apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Baptism at St Brendan

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these guidelines must be followed:

  • Individual baptisms will be held at 12 PM and 3 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Due to Covid 19, we ask that individual families try to keep the guest numbers small.
  • Please wear face masks to protect all who will be attending.
  • The doors will be open as to reduce the opportunity to touch an item.

Infants and Children Under Age 7

Parents must attend a baptism preparation class. Click here to request Baptism for your child at St. Brendan.Baptism is the gateway to all of the other sacraments of the Church. We welcome people of any age to the Sacrament but persons living outside the parish boundary should approach the pastor of their local parish to celebrate the Sacrament.

A family residing outside of the parish boundaries can still be considered, especially if they have a strong family connection to the parish,  but they must first provide a letter from the Pastor of their local Catholic church confirming that they have permission to come to St Brendan to celebrate the baptism.

 

Children Over Age 7

Children who are 7 years or older must receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist). For our purposes, this will be interpreted as children having completed first grade. Children in second grade and above are prepared a little differently so that the catechesis is more age appropriate. The Ministry of Evangelization and Catechesis will provide home faith materials to assist parents with this preparation and will ensure catechesis is complete before presenting him or her for the Sacraments of Initiation. For more information, please email us at baptism@stbrendans.net.

Adult Baptism

Adults receive Baptism through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process. For more information about RCIA, click here or contact our RCIA Director, Dan McCallister.

Baptism Preparation Class

Baptism preparation classes are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 7-8 PM. For more information, contact the parish office.

Godparents

If you are having two godparents, there may be one male godparent and one female godparent, but not two godmothers or two godfathers. If you having only one godparent you may have either gender.

It is very important when you are selecting godparents that you select individuals who are at least 16 years of age and one godparent must be a baptized and confirmed Catholic and currently active in the Catholic faith.  The Pastor reserves the right to postpone the baptism if a family presents godparents who do not fulfill this criteria until such godparents are found.

A Christian witness may replace one of the godparents but he or she must be from a Christian community whose baptism we recognize.  Therefore, we will ask you to provide the religious denomination of the non-Catholic godparent when completing the registration for the baptism.

Also, we recommend a minimum stipend of $35 for the priest or deacon baptizing your child. After the baptism, we generate the baptism certificate and it is mailed to the parents.