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

Baptism Coordinator

 

Parents are asked to call the office and talk to the Baptism coordinator before they attend  the Baptismal Workshop. 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.

To download and fill out a baptism request form, please visit the forms page.

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

 

Sponsors

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

  • Be designated as sponsor and have the qualifications and intention of performing this role.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

 

Baptism Workshop
  • After talking to the Baptism Coordinator please register for the workshop.

  • Classes are usually held on the first Saturday of each month beginning at 9:30 am and lasting approximately one hour.

  • Both father and mother are expected to attend.

  • Sponsors are encouraged to attend the baptism classes.

 

Scheduling
  • Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month after the 11:30 am Mass, approximately 12:45 pm start.

 · St. Joseph the Worker Church ·

1879 Applewood Drive, Orefield PA 18069