Preparing for Baptism
(Baptism Information Packet)
1. Request for Baptism by expectant parent(s):
Complete a copy of this Baptism Information Packet or pick a Baptism Information Packet from the parish office. Parents of the child being baptized must be registered parishioners of St. Jude. Exceptions may be made for out of town relatives upon request.
2. Baptismal Seminar:
Parents and Godparents or Christian Witness must attend a seminar. Due to COVID-19, we are not holding group seminars at this time. If a parent of godparent needs to take a seminar, please use this viritual option.
New Account Sign Up Link: http://www.stjudecatholic.org/files/FORMED%20Website%20Info.pdf
Set up a free FORMED account (it’s like Catholic Netflix) and go to the ‘Programs’ tab and click ‘The Sacraments’. There you will see the program called ‘Reborn.’
For the free digital Participant Guide, click here.
- Session 1: A New Creation: The Mystery of Baptism
- Session 2: Entering the Mystery: The Rite Explained
- Session 3: Nurturing the Life of Grace: Called to Mission
Fill out the program study guide while watching and answer the questions on pg. 8, 16, & 24 and have them scanned, emailed or dropped off at the office with attention to Michaelyn McGinnis for proof of completion.
Requirements for a parent: At least one parent must be a practicing Catholic that is involved in the parish community as much as possible. If you are not, you are expected to begin doing so as a visible sign of your commitment to the Church and your desire for baptism for your child. Grandparents, adoptive parents or any other relative cannot substitute for this requirement unless they have legal custody of the child (legal documents must be provided).
Requirements for a Godparent or Christian Witness are:
- Catholic - Baptized, Confirmed, Practicing, at least 16 years old, and if married, married by a Catholic Priest or Deacon, in church – (at least one of the Godparents must be Catholic)
- Christian Witness – practicing any other faith – (At least 16 years old)
- Godparent cannot be the parent of child being baptized.
If the godparent is a Baptized, non-confirmed Catholic, not registered or not practicing or a Catholic who is married outside of the Catholic Church may not be a Christian Witness. If a godparent can’t be at the Baptism, a proxy can be used. The proxy will have to meet the same requirements as the Godparent. The proxy’s name will not appear on the Baptismal Certificate.
5. Permission Letter:
A permission letter will be needed if you wish to have your baby baptized in another parish. Please
contact the office to obtain the letter.
6. Baptism Celebration -
Baptism, as a rule is usually celebrated the (2nd) second Sunday of the month following 11:30 am Mass. Please have your child dressed in Baptismal attire prior to 12:45 pm. However, due to distancing restrictions and regulations, ALL Baptisms will be scheduled by appointment only. Please email Michaelyn McGinnis to schedule a private Baptism.
7. Contact for Questions or Concerns -
Please contact Michaelyn McGinnis, the Baptismal Coordinator, with any questions or concerns.
Check List of Paperwork to be Returned
***Complete all paperwork before returning it to St. Jude’s Office no later than 1 week prior to Baptism.***
- Registration Form
- A copy of legal documentation of guardianship
- If parents are not married, a copy of child’s birth certificate must provided
- Sponsor form for each Godparent and/or Christian Witness
***NOTE: Your baptism is not confirmed until ALL paperwork is turned in to the church office.***