Baptism at St. John

                            

When do Baptisms take place?

Baptisms take place at 10:30am in the Church every:  

  • 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month in English

                           OR

  • 1st Saturday in Spanish. 

Because we have many infants

Baptized monthly, Baptisms do not

take place during weekend Masses.

                            

                     

How do I get my child Baptized? 

Parents can begin the process by attending the Baptism Class that is offered every First Sunday of the month at 12:00NOON in the parish center (this is the brick building located directly to the right of the school if you are standing in front of the school and looking at the main school entrance. It is also the closest building on campus to Monroe St.) *No registration is required to attend this class. 

                                                                    

Have you already been to the Baptism class?

If you had another child Baptized at St. John recently and you have already attended the class, all you need to do is contact Dawn McLean in the Parish Office (410)-848-4744 OR email her at dmclean@sjwest.org. She will be able to get the Baptism Sign-Up form and Godparent forms to you. These forms are also explained and given at the Baptism Class.

                                                                 

Before you ask someone to be a Godparent . . .

know the requirements: 

Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation, that brings a person into union with Christ as a member of the Catholic Church. A godparent represents the Catholic Church at Baptism, and then serves as a role model for the child by living a fully Christian (that means Catholic) life. A Catholic desiring to serve as a godparent must meet the eligibility requirements established by the Canon Law of the Church:

  • Should be at least 16  years of age.
  • Must be Baptized.
  • Must have received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
  • Must live a Christian life befitting the baptized:
    • Must be leading a life of faith, and living the Catholic faith.
      • Must be registered and practicing member in a Catholic parish.
    • If married, the marriage must be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church.
    • If NOT married, sponsor must not be cohabiting (living as married) with another person.

Why do we Baptize? Check out this video