Baptism

Baptism

“One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism.”

(Ephesians 4:5)

Baptism Requirements

Please read this carefully, it will help you to plan ahead for this special day in the life of your family. Should you have any questions after reading please call the parish office at 480.895.9266.

Baptism Preparation

The Diocese of Phoenix  requires all parents and godparents to attend a Baptismal preparation class. The purpose of this class is to share with parents and godparents the importance of their role in the spiritual growth of their child. Parents and godparents must be registered at least 3 months in their parish and in good standing. A date cannot be put on the calendar until all required paperwork is received:

  1. Proof of Baptismal class attendance (Certificate of Completion).
  2. Letter from godparents’ parish (if not St Steven’s)  stating they are a Catholic in good standing.

Parental Preparation for Baptism

Parents must be registered at St Steven’s.  Parish Registration forms may be obtained at the parish office or in the Church vestibule. Once completed, please return the registration form in the collection basket, by mail, or in person to the parish office.

St Steven’s offers Parental Preparation classes four times per year. You must schedule an appointment with a deacon or a priest for a Baptismal interview. Class registration forms are available in the parish office, you will be contacted by the parish office to confirm the date and time of the class. Classes are also offered at other parishes, both within the Diocese of Phoenix, and elsewhere.

Upon completion of the class parents and godparents will receive a Certificate of Completion. This Certificate must be submitted to St Steven’s parish office by the parent or class instructor. No matter where the class is attended, the Certificate of Completion must be on record at St Steven’s parish office at least two weeks prior to the scheduled Baptism.

Godparent Obligations

If the godparents are not practicing members of St Steven’s parish, they must obtain a letter from their current pastor stating that they are  practicing Catholics in good standing and are able to assume the role of Godparents. They also must attend a Baptism Preparation class.

Scheduling Baptisms

Baptisms are scheduled according to availability on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 2:30 pm. The Presider may be a priest or deacon from St Steven’s parish. To arrange for a Baptismal date, contact the parish office. Dates may be tentatively set, but administration of the Sacrament is contingent upon all necessary documents being received by the office two weeks prior to the date. Please call the office with any questions or to inform them of any problems related to documentation.

On the day of Baptism

Plan to arrive at Church 15 minutes before the scheduled time of Baptism. Please sit in the last pew of the church by the Baptismal Font and the priest or deacon will join you there. The parish will provide simple Baptismal candles or you may bring your own. The child to be baptized should be dressed in Baptismal clothing prior to receiving the Sacrament. There is no need to bring two sets of clothing for the ceremony. The clothing should offer an accessible opening at the neck for the application of the Baptismal oils on the chest.

Following the Baptism the Baptismal certificate will be signed by the parents and Godparents in the Sacristy.

Pictures or videos may be taken during the ceremony as long as they do not interfere with the priest or deacon administering the Sacrament. In accordance with the regulations of Diocese of Phoenix there is no flash photography allowed in the church; including, but not limited to camera, video, phone and/or tablet camera.

 

Please contact Carol at 480-895-9266 X105 or carol@ststevensaz.org