St. John of God Parish rejoices the birth of your child. Upon receiving the Sacrament of Baptism, your child is introduced to God’s family and the Catholic faith. Baptism is offered to your child with all the spiritual gifts that God has to offer us thru the Catholic church. Baptism opens the door of heaven to us and fills us with life, faith and grace. This is the first step of our journey towards eternal life.
Baptisms take place on Saturdays at 12:00 pm. The first and third Saturday of the month, baptisms are in English. Every second and fourth Saturday the baptisms will be in Spanish. We DO NOT have baptisms during HOLY WEEK (the week of Easter). Schedule of Baptisms is subject to change. If you have a date in mind already, please ask to make sure there are scheduled baptisms that day.
If you decide on having you child’s baptism here we encourage everyone to arrive 15 minutes early for the celebration, and plan on approximately 45-60 minutes for the ceremony itself.
It is appropriate to make an offering of $50.00 or more to the church. This is non-refundable. This offering goes directly to the church and is not a gift for any priest or other minister. Your donation is used directly to support the baptismal ministry program at St. John of God Parish.
It is the responsibility of every Catholic to be actively involved in their parish community. Our infant baptisms are for children 7 years of age and younger. When baptizing infants, there are certain guidelines that we follow:
A God parent is one who lives a life of faith proper to a member of the church and befitting the role of godparent. Their role is to assist the parents (the primary teachers) in leading and helping the child in their walk with God and new spiritual life.
The requirements to be a Catholic Godparent are as follows:
At St. John of God, we provide a class usually on the second Thursdays of the month in Spanish and the third Thursdays of the month in English. The class is from 7pm to 9pm. You may sign up for this class as soon as you submit all required paper work and meet with the priest or deacon. If a parent or godparent cannot attend the class at St. John of God, they may attend a class at another parish.
Those who attend class elsewhere must provide a letter or certificate confirming their completion of that class to St. John of God Parish Office. Note: Please make arrangements ahead of time for a babysitter, as adults only should attend the class.
The steps toward baptism must be completed in the following order:
You may not sign up for a baptism date until ALL the above is completed.
Easter Vigil Baptisms 2018