Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitue spiritualis ianua) and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the world.” (CCC #1213)
BAPTISM OF INFANTS (Under Seven Years of Age):
Requirements: Parents desiring to baptize a child are encouraged to make arrangements before the child is born.
- To register your child for Baptism, please come into the Rectory at least two months prior to the desired baptismal date.
- If you are not a registered parishioner at St. John Chrysostom Parish but you wish to baptize your child here please provide a permission letter from your Parish.
- Please present your child’s birth certificate at the time of the registration.
If parents of the child are not married in the Catholic Church a meeting should be scheduled to speak with one of our priests. Parents and Sponsors/ Godparents are required to attend a pre-baptismal class that explains the sacrament of Baptism and the important role parents and godparents play in this Sacrament and in the child’s spiritual life.
If you are preparing for a baptism, please download our Baptism Checklist PDF which contains information that you will need. And this will also contain the procedures for baptism.