Infant Baptism

Thank you for inquiring about baptizing your child at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center. It is our hope that both you and the godparents will make a strong commitment to live out the Catholic faith that you will be teaching your child. This means making a commitment to attend Mass, receiving the Sacraments, and providing the kind of spiritual upbringing that will help your child become a strong and mature Catholic Christian.
 

Children between the ages of 7 and 17 needing the sacrament of Baptism may participate in a specialized sacramental preparation program. Please contact the Parish Office at 436-3434 for more information.

Baptism Information

What do we need to do to have our child baptized?

Prior to scheduling a time and date for Baptism, parents must

must be Practicing Catholics (at least one). If not registered at the Newman Center, they must provide a letter from the pastor of their parish

complete the baptism registration form

provide a copy of their child's birth certificate

pay the $50 registration fee

participate in a baptism preparation class within the last four years and provide written proof of attendance - this class may be attended at any parish. Please contact the office if you would like to attend our baptism preparation class (the fee is $10 per person).

These guidelines are designed to ensure that the Sacrament of Baptism is fully appreciated by the parents, godparents, and all who are participating in your celebration.

Baptisms will not be scheduled until you have met with our Office Manager. The deadline for this meeting is two weeks prior to the desired date of Baptism. Please contact her at 436-3434 or jenna@csufnewman.com to schedule a meeting. All paperwork must be submitted at the time of your meeting to guarantee a date for Baptism.

 

Whom should we choose as Godparents?

Choose relatives or friends who you feel will:

serve as Christian models for your child

help you in your duties as Christian parents

witness their faith at the baptism and beyond

 

Requirements for Godparents

must be Practicing Catholics (provide letter from their parish/parishes)

must be married in the Catholic Church (provide a certificate of Marriage)

must provide copy of Confirmation certificate

must attend a baptism preparation class within the last four years and provide written proof of attendance - may attend at any parish.

Most parents choose two Godparents; however, only one is required. If you choose only one, you may also choose a Christian witness (must also attend the baptism preparation class) to support you and your child’s faith development.

You may choose a proxy for the ceremony if a Godparent cannot attend. Same requirements apply as a Godparent.

 

Ceremony Information

Baptisms during Mass

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass begins. Parents, child, godparents, and siblings should be seated in the first few rows on the west side of the Chapel. “Reserved” signs will be on the seat at the end of the row.
 

Baptisms outside of Mass (1:00pm)

Please congregate in the front of the Chapel after the 11:30am Mass. The presider will meet with you there.

 

Additional Information:

You will receive a baptismal candle during the ceremony. If you prefer, you may bring a candle which you have purchased.

Parents are encouraged to clothe their children in a white garment or a white baptismal stole for the ceremony.

The customary donation for a baptism is $50 which should be presented at the time of registration.

Any offering to the priest or deacon should be given directly to him at the baptism.

Baptism Ceremony Dates

When are Baptisms celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center?

Baptisms are celebrated monthly at either the 9:30am or 11:30am Sunday Mass (maximum of two children). There is also a monthly baptismal service for group baptisms at 1:00pm. Please see our calendar as the schedule varies.

Please note that there are no Baptisms during Lent.

   
   
   
December 15, 2019 11:30am Mass
December 22, 2019 1:00pm Group
January 19, 2020 9:30am Mass
January 26, 2020 1:00pm Group
February 16, 2020 1:00pm Group
February 26 - April 12 Lent
(No Baptisms)  
April 19, 2020 11:30am Mass
April 26, 2020 1:00pm Group
May 17, 2020 9:30am Mass
May 24, 2020 1:00pm Group
June 14, 2020 11:30am Mass
June 28, 2020 1:00pm Group

Baptism Preparation Class

Upcoming Class Dates

December 8, 2019 (Cancelled) 

January 12, 2020

February 9, 2020

March – No Class

April 19, 2020

May 17, 2020

June 14, 2020

 

Classes are held in the Cafeteria at 2:00 pm.

 

The cost is $10 per person. Walk-ins are accepted, but pre-registration is appreciated so the office can prepare class materials in advance. Once the class is completed, a letter certifying attendance will be available at the office later in the week. Please contact the office at 436-3434 or email Jenna at jenna@csufnewman.com to register. 

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