Information for
BAPTISM PROCESS AT ST. LINUS
WHEN DO BAPTISMS TAKE PLACE?

BATPISMS IN ENGLISH
Every first and third Saturday at 10:00 AM

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BAPTISMS IN SPANISH
Every second and fourth Saturday at 10:00 AM 

Frequently Asked Questions
STEPS TO BE FOLLOWED IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR CHILD BAPTIZED:
  1. All those interested in Baptizing, must be registered parishioners.
  2. Families not registered, or belong to a different parish, requesting the sacrament of Baptism at St. Linus, must secure a letter of permission from their pastor (a.) stating they are registered members of that parish (b.) and have their pastor’s permission to celebrate the sacrament of Baptism at St. Linus.
  3. Birth Certificate will need to be provided with application.
  4. An interview with an available Deacon or Priest will be scheduled (usually on Wednesday evenings). During the interview two things will be scheduled, the preparation sessions the parents and godparents are required to attend, and the baptism itself.
  5. $60 is the suggested donation for registered parishioners.
  6. $70 is the suggested donation for non-registered parishioners.
PRIVATE BAPTISMS - REGISTERED PARISHIONERS

Registered Parishioners   $150
*Does not include stipend for Priest/Deacon.  An envelope will be provided to use at your discrestion.

PRIVATE BAPTISMS - NON-REGISTERED

Non-Registered $200
*Letter of Permission Required
*Does not include stipend for Priest/Deacon.  An envelope will be provided to use at your discrestion.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PARENTS:

At least one parent should be Catholic.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GODPARENTS:

 A person may only have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female.

In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent they must be chosen by the parents, have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role, be at least 16 years of age, and be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized, and be neither the father nor the mother of the child.

Certificates of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation will need to be attached to the Baptism Application.  If the chosen Godparent is married, they must provide their parish marriage certificate.  

A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community may be admitted only as a “Christian witness” (not a godparent) provided that there is at least one Roman Catholic godparent who fulfills the above criteria. A non-baptized person cannot be a witness (Code of Canon Law, cc. 872-874; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1255)

THE PREPARATION SESSIONS:

We offer our sessions twice a month at St. Linus. One is for the parents to attend, and the second is to be attended by both the parents and godparents. The meetings last approximately one hour. Please come to your first session ten minutes early to make sure we have all the correct information on your form.

No children please.

BAPTISM APPLICATION

You may download and print the baptism application by clicking on the link below. You may return the completed baptism application and return to the St. Linus Parish Office.

English Baptism Application 

SPANISH Application

If you prefer to fill out the Baptism Application process online, click here

GUIDELINES FOR BAPTISM IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

As you are seeking the baptism of your child in the Roman Catholic Church, the following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ and his Church.

A.  The Sanctifying Role of the Church (Code of Canon Law, c. 842, 849; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213, 1263,1265, 1267-1270)
Through Baptism, God enables us to participate in his life in Jesus Christ and makes us his children. It is through this sacramentthat we receive the Holy Spirit and become members of the People of God, of the Body of Christ, which is the Church. Baptismbecomes our commitment to grow in this new life and to strive to acquire spiritual maturity. By baptism, God purifies us from sin.

Baptism is the sacrament of faith which has the Risen Christ as its source, and it is the offer of salvation for all people. Intimately linked to Confirmation and to Eucharist, Baptism is, with these two sacraments, Christian Initiation. The child is baptized in the faith of their parents, godparents and of the Church.

B.  Basic Guidelines and Information for Infant (to include young children) Baptism (Code of Canon Law, cc. 867-868; Catechismof the Catholic Church 1251)
Parents are responsible for bringing their child to the Sacrament of Baptism as soon after birth as possible. Except in case ofnecessity, the church is the usual place of baptism.

In order that a child be baptized, it is necessary that the parents consent, or at least one of them, or someone legally standing intheir place, and that there is reasonable hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic Faith.

GODPARENTS:  A person may only have one or two godparents (also called sponsors); if two are chosen, they must be male and female.

In order for someone to be eligible as a godparent they must be chosen by the parents, have the ability and the intention to fulfill the role, be at least 16 years of age, and be a confirmed Roman Catholic, who has already received the Most Holy Eucharist, is leading a life in harmony with the Catholic Faith (including Marriage) and will be a good role model for the one being baptized, and be neither the father nor the mother of the child.

A baptized person who belongs to another Christian community may be admitted only as a “Christian witness” (not a godparent) provided that there is at least one Roman Catholic godparent who fulfills the above criteria. A non-baptized person cannot be a witness (Code of Canon Law, cc. 872-874; Catechism of the Catholic Church 1255).

While baptismal preparation varies from parish to parish, you will be invited to participate in some manner of faith formation prior to the baptism of your child. This may take the form of a meeting(s) with the pastor, pastoral assistant, or participation in a baptismal preparation session for parents. It is extremely important to take your faith-life seriously because, before God, you have taken on an awesome responsibility for the salvation of another—your own child! Your commitment and openness to baptismal preparation will help develop the faith-life of your child as they mature.

All of the above information applies to Baptism of an infant or young child only. If you have a child to be baptized who has reached catechetical age/the age of reason (Grade 2 or 7 years), you and they will receive different preparation. Having sufficient understanding, the preparation will now be for the full complement of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

Those children already baptized in other Christian communities will be prepared to make a profession of faith into the Catholic Church and will receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation in the rite of Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.