Baptism

Baptism at Saint Jerome

Are you ready for your baptism?

Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation into the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. It is the sacrament by which one becomes a new creation in Christ and becomes a member of the Church.

Baptism is not just a relationship between God and us. Baptism incorporates us into a community of faith – the Body of Christ, the Church. In fact, baptism celebrates the faith that transforms the lives of the parents and of the community, a faith that is shared by word and example with the newly baptized.

Baptism FAQs:

I am a parishioner, how do I get my child baptized at St. Jerome?

The first thing you would need to do is schedule an interview with the Baptism Coordinator as that will get the process started. You will also need to ensure that you have a copy of your child’s birth certificate.

What is the role of the Godparent?

The role of the Godparent or Sponsor is to help the parents raise the child in the Catholic Church.

What are the requirements to become a Godparent?

A Godparent must be a fully initiated Roman Catholic (baptized, confirmed, and receiving the Eucharist), at least sixteen years of age and a practicing Catholic.

Can a non-Catholic be a Godparent?

A baptized non-Catholic may be chosen as a Christian witness provided there is at least one Catholic Godparent

The Godparent(s) I have chosen live out of town and cannot be here for the baptism. How do we handle this?

Two other people can stand in as proxy but the actual Godparents you have chosen will be recorded in the baptism book.

Is there a fee for Baptism?

There is never a fee for the celebration of a sacrament. Parents may make a donation if they wish.

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