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:

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 (provided after contacting our Office Manager)

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 contacted our Office Manager. All paperwork must be submitted two weeks prior to the desired date of Baptism or the Baptism will be rescheduled. For any questions, please contact Jenna Sainz at jenna@csufnewman.com.

 

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 their 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

Masks are highly encouraged to be worn by those attending.

If you are not feeling well or immune compromised, we ask that you do not attend the ceremony

   For baptisms during the Mass

  • Please arrive 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.

   For baptisms outside of Mass (12:45PM)

  •  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 the 11:30AM Sunday Mass (maximum of two children). There is also a monthly baptismal service for group baptisms at 12:45PM. See the calendar as the schedule varies.

Please note that there are no Baptisms during Lent (March 2, 2022 -  April 14, 2022).

September 19, 2021

11:30AM Mass

September 26, 2021

12:45PM Group

October 24, 2021

9:30AM Mass

October 31, 2021

12:45PM Group

November 21, 2021

11:30AM Mass

November 28, 2021 

12:45PM Group

December 19, 2021

9:30AM Mass

December 26, 2021

12:45PM Group

January 23, 2022

11:30AM Mass

January 30, 2022

12:45PM Group

February 20, 2022

9:30AM Mass

February 27, 2022     

12:45PM Group

April 24, 2022

12:45PM Group

May 22, 2022

11:30AM Mass

May 29, 2022

12:45PM Group

June 19, 2022

9:30AM Mass

June 26, 2022                   12:45PM Group

 

Baptism Preparation Class

Our next Baptism Prep class is available via Zoom on Sunday, October 10 at 2:00pm.

Click here to register for our Baptism Prep Class.

The cost of the class is $10 per person. Once the class is completed, a letter certifying attendance can be mailed, emailed or faxed to the parish where the Baptism is taking place. Please email Jenna at jenna@csufnewman.com for any questions. 

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