Baptism

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae 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 and in the word.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Baptism of an adult or a child over 7 is handled through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. Call the rectory, 215-572-0128, for information.

The family of a child to be baptized should be registered in the parish.

Parents should attend a Pre-Baptismal Class (usually held once a month) before the day of Baptism.

To Schedule a Baptism

Times

Except during Lent, parish celebrations of Baptism are usually held during Mass on the first Sunday of the month and at 1:00 pm on the other Sundays.

Process

To schedule a baptism of a child and to register for the pre-Baptismal class, call the rectory, 215-572-0128, during the weekdays, preferably between 9 am and 2 pm.

Parents must attend the pre-Baptismal program offered by the parish (once per family).

The information needed:

Child’s Full Name
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Whether the child was baptized in an emergency
*Date of Baptism

Father’s Full Name
Father’s Religion
Mother’s Full Maiden Name
Mother’s Religion
Parents’ Church of Marriage

Family Address
Family Telephone Number

Godfather’s Full Name
**Godfather’s Religion
Godfather’s Parish

Godmother’s Full Name
**Godmother’s Religion
Godmother’s Parish

* Please arrange date of Baptism with the Church before planning for any party. Occasionally the church may not schedule Baptisms on a particular Sunday (for example, 40 Hours, First Communion Sunday) or may schedule them at a different time. We usually limit the number of Baptisms in a Mass to two and on Sunday afternoon to five.

**Please note that each Godparent must obtain a ‘Certificate of Eligibility’ from their current parish to be a sponsor. A Catholic Godparent must be a practicing Catholic; have received the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist); if married, marriage was approved by the Church; be at least 16 years old (or have approval of pastor).
One sponsor may be a Christian Witness – a non-Catholic Christian.