Congratulations New Parents!
“The Christian community welcomes you with great joy… Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people. This first sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children, a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence we are called and are indeed the children of God.” (Rite of Baptism)
Your Child’s Baptism
Baptisms at Saint Catharine Parish are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. You and your guests will be welcomed into Father Scheg Hall at 1:30 pm. At approximately 2:00 pm, you will be led into the Church for your child’s reception of the Sacrament of Baptism.
How to Schedule a Baptism
- Call our main office (732-842-3963) and Carol will assist you in preparing for your child’s Baptism. She will also share with you information on our Baptism Class for parents. The class is held on the first Tuesday of each month, and this class is mandatory for parents and encouraged for godparents. Unfortunately, if for any reason, you do not attend the class, the baptism will be postponed until you attend the class.
- Godparents need to obtain a certificate of eligibility from their parish that they are currently registered with.
- Carol will send you a Baptismal data sheet to be reviewed and filled out. You must return the data sheet before the actual baptism date can be confirmed, as well as certificates of eligibility for the godparents, and a donation to the Church.
- If necessary, Carol will assist you in becoming a registered parishioner.
- You may have one or two Godparents (Baptized Catholics).
- If there are two, one must be male and the other female.
- If you are having two Godparents, both need letters of eligibility from their parish pastor.
- Godparents must be 16 years old or older.
- Godparents must be practicing Catholics who have received the Sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation).
- Godparents must be practicing Catholics who participate regularly in the Eucharist.
- If married their marriage must be a Valid Catholic Marriage.
- Parents cannot be Godparents to their own children.
- A Protestant (non-Catholic Christian), who has been baptized, may be designated a Christian Witness.
- A non-baptized person cannot be a Godparent or a Christian Witness.
- A Catholic cannot be a Christian Witness.