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 at a meeting with 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 to guarantee the chosen date. For any questions, please contact Jenna Sainz at


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 required for all individuals attending. 

•  Please adhere to 6 ft. social distancing guidelines.

•  There is a limit of ten people per family (this includes children). 

•  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the ceremony and check in with the presider. 

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

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?

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are celebrating Baptisms twice a month with a maximum of two families per scheduled date. Baptisms will be celebrated immediately following the 11:30am Mass in our Chapel Courtyard. Please note that dates may change to adhere to updated Diocesan Covid-19 policies. Our office will let you know if any changes occur.


Baptism Preparation Class

Our next Baptism Prep class is available via Zoom on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00pm.

The cost 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 to register or for any questions.  

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