First time parents requesting Baptism for their child must attend a Baptismal Prep class, which is generally held on the fifth Tuesday of every other month from 7-9 pm in the Parish Center.
The purpose of the class is to update the parents in their knowledge of Baptism and to encourage them to be faithful to their promise to raise their children according to the teaching of the Catholic Church.
Parents asking for Baptism for their child are asked to call the Parish Office at 732-681-0512 ext. 415 to make arrangements for the class and to set a date for the celebration of the Sacrament.Documents needed for baptism: A copy of the birth certificate, a sponsor certificate for baptism from the church where the Godparents are registered (if both are Catholic ~ See note below)
The Baptismal Preparation class is conducted by a team of men and women who take the program seriously and truly desire to share their faith with new parents.
The class will be held on:
- October 16, 2018, 2018
- December 18, 2018
- January 29, 2019
- February 19, 2019
- April 16, 2019
- June 18, 2019
- July 16, 2019
- August 20, 2019
- October 15, 2019
- December 17, 2019
Note about Godparents: at least one godparent must be a registered member at a Catholic Church, must have completed their 16th year, must have made all sacraments including if married, must have been married in a Catholic Church or have obtained a dispensation to be married elsewhere. They must obtain a "sponsor certificate for baptism" which is a letter issued by the church where they are registered members.
The other godparent may be any baptized member of another Christian denomination and they will be called a Christian Witness. Only a baptismal certificate is required for this person.
If both godparents are Catholic, both will need a sponsor certificate for baptism.
Canon 873 states, "There is to be only one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each."