Request for Baptism

General Information

Baptism is the Gateway to all other sacraments.  You must be baptized in order to receive First Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Matrimony and Holy Orders. It is required for parents and godparents to have instruction in the sacrament of Baptism. Instruction is offered once a month virtually using Zoom. If you have attended Baptismal instruction within the prior three years you do not have to attend again.

There is no cost for the baptism. However, a free-will offering is a way of showing appreciation and support for St. Joseph Parish. If you wish to make a donation, please make your check payable to St. Joseph Parish and give to the Deacon or Priest who is presiding at the Baptism.
 

Requirements for Godparents

Godparents play an important role in the spiritual life of the child. They should have the time, willingness and faith to live out this sacred vocation. They should be someone special to the child who will set an example of Christian living, help teach the Catholic faith, and instill a lifelong relationship of prayer, faith sharing, and love. Specific requirements for godparents:

  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Must be fully initiated into the Roman Catholic faith, which means the person has received the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation.  
  • Needs to be a practicing Catholic.
  • If married, godparents need to either have been married in the Catholic Church or have obtained the appropriate dispensation for another type of ceremony.

There can be one or two godparents. Only one godparent is required.  If a person does not fulfill the requirements noted above but is a baptized Catholic or Christian of another denomination, he or she may still participate in the Baptismal rite. The person would be referred to as a “Christian Witness” on the Baptismal record instead of godparent. The expectation is that a Christian Witness will be a Christian role model for the child. 

Making a Reservation for Your Child's Baptism

Through September, Baptisms are limited to two children at a time. Beginning in October the number will increase to four children per slot. Please select from the available dates and times, enter in the form below, and submit the form. Someone from the parish office will contact you.   

Date Time Availablility  Family Names
 July 24, 2021  Noon Zero available SEB, Wieschhoff
 July 24, 2021  1:30 PM Zero available CEB, Kelly
 July 31, 2021  Noon Zero available LTR
 August 7, 2021  Noon Zero available RJG, Reilly
 August 7, 2021  1:30 PM Zero available Egwuenu, Kaminsky
 August 14, 2021  Noon Zero available Whitcomb
 August 21, 2021  Noon Zero available Devinney, DiLalla
 August 21, 2021  1:30 PM 1 Available Millsom
 August 28, 2021  11:00 AM Zero available Alden, Smith
 September 4, 2021    Noon Zero available Johnson, McCarthy
 September 4, 2021  1:30 PM Zero available Patentas, Ponikiewicz
 September 18, 2021  Noon Zero available BAM, Pazmany
 September 18, 2021   1:30 PM Zero available McGann, McVicker
 October 2, 2021    Noon 1 Available Burke, Gravel, Perret
 October 2, 2021  1:30 PM 4 Available  
 November 6, 2021  Noon 3 Available Harrington
 November 6, 2021   1:30 PM 4 Available  
 December 4, 2021  Noon 4 Available  
 December 4, 2021   1:30 PM 4 Available  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child's Information
Requested Date for Baptism //
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See form instructions above for available dates.
Time
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Child's Name
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Include middle name if child has one
Child's Gender
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Child's Birthdate //
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Child's Place of Birth
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City or town where child was born. Include state or country if not in Massachusetts.
Family Information
Father's Name
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Father's Religion
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Mother's Name
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Mother's Maiden Name
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Mother's Religion
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Address
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Primary Phone --
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Email
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Parish Registration
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Provide name of parish where the family is registered or "none" if not registered
Have you previously received Baptismal Instruction?
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Year of Instruction
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If other, indicate year in the Special Requests field.
Church where you were married
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If married in Church, list name and location of the parish.
Godfather's Name
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Godfather's Religion
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Godmother's Name
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Godmother's Religion
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Special Requests
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Tell us if there are special considerations or questions regarding the Baptism of your child.
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