Baptism

 

 

“Baptism not only purifies from all sin, but also makes the neophyte ‘a new creature,’ an adopted son of God, who has become a ‘partaker of the divine nature,’ member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Most Holy Trinity gives the baptized sanctifying grace, the grace of justification:

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1265-1266

To Have Your Child Baptized

For the baptism of an infant, it is necessary that there be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic faith. If such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism should wait.

1. Be an active, registered member of St. Joseph the Worker.  If you are unsure if you are registered, call the Parish Office at 610-395-2876.  If you need to register, e-mail Gina at gmedvedz@stjwchurch.org to make an appointment.

2.  If you will be registering, baptism paperwork will be processed at that time.  You must be registered and attending Mass for three months prior to the baptism of your child.

3.  If you are already a registered member of the parish, download and complete a Baptism Request Form HERE and submit it to the Parish Office, Attn. Deacon Butch.

4.  A Deacon will contact you to settle a date, provide Baptism Workshop information, and answer your questions.

5.  Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month after the 11 AM Mass.

For information about Adult Baptism, please visit the RCIA page.

 

Sponsors (Godparents)

To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must:​

  • Be at least 16 years old.

  • Be a Catholic who has been baptized, confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with the faith and role to be undertaken.

  • If married, married in the Catholic Church.

  • If Catholic, must be a registered, practicing member of a parish for at least three months.

  • There has to be a minimum of one godparent, maximum of two. If two godparents, there must be one male and one female.

  • The godparents cannot be the father or mother of the one being baptized.

  • Note: a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic faith community may be admitted as a Christian witness together with a Catholic sponsor.​