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Baptism Preparation for Parents

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. To assure the sacrament is celebrated in full knowledge and acceptance of the serious responsibilities incurred by parents and godparents, Saint John Neumann, like all Catholic parishes, requires parent and godparent formation before the celebration of the sacrament. These are the steps:

Step 1: Attend Baptismal Preparation Classes

    • Baptismal Preparation Classes are normally held on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room.  Since our schedule changes from time to time, please contact Lee Mecca in the SJN office to confirm the date of the next scheduled class, and to enroll in the class.   Classes will be cancelled if no one is enrolled by Wednesday of the week prior.
    • Please also see the diocesan website for Godparent/Sponsor Attestation forms and Toolkits.  You will need to have the Godparent forms filled out by the Godparents before Baptism can be scheduled.

Step 2Schedule an interview with our pastor, Fr. Walter Lewis

  • Fr. Lewis will spend some time with the parents so that he can know them.  In addition, he is discerning that the parents are active participants in parish life and that the godparents understand and meet the  qualifications to undertake their important role.

  • If the family is returning to the Church, Father Lewis will attempt to assist them in getting involved and provide resources for the parents and/or godparents.

  • Fr. Lewis will explain the monthly schedule for Baptisms celebrated during Sunday liturgy and why community celebration is important.

    Step 3: Contact Lee Mecca in the SJN office to schedule a date for the Baptism

    Step 4: On The Day of the Baptism

    • Arrive at church 25 minutes early. This will allow for some procedural instructions and time to assure the godparents understand their roles of presenting the gifts at the Offertory and presenting the lighted candle toward the end of Mass.