The Sacrament of Baptism is the sacrament that washes us free from Adam’s Original Sin, and by which we become the adopted sons and daughters of God and members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church.
Baptisms are offered in English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.
Parents who wish to baptize their child at Saint John’s must be registered members of this parish. Godparents, or sponsors, must be Catholics who have received their Confirmation, and who practice their faith at least by regular attendance at Sunday Mass in their respective parishes.
Those who are ineligible to serve as Godparents include: Catholics who are divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church; Catholics who have left the Church or joined another religious community; Catholics who do not regularly at least attend Sunday Mass.
When asked to be a sponsor, a certificate is needed from your home parish. If the priest does not know you personally, or by sight, the only other way of knowing you as a practicing Catholic is by confirming your mass attendance by your use of weekly envelopes. Godparents must obtain from their parish priest a Sponsor’s Certificate, that attests to their regular practice of the Catholic faith.
Baptisms are celebrated individually at a time and date mutually convenient for the priest and parents. Please call the rectory and speak with the parish secretary to register for Baptism and to schedule a mandatory pre-Baptismal meeting with one of our priests.
For more information, please call the office at 203-324-1553 ext 1.