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. Baptism brings the Holy Spirit upon the person and fills him or her with grace. A permanent mark is placed on the soul and the person becomes a child of God. The virtues of faith, hope, and love are given in God's supernatural act of grace.

Due to the slow down in Baptisms caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, additional dates have been added for Baptisms in the months of June, July, August and September. Also, to comply with Archdiocesan guidelines, baptisms will be adminstered for only ONE child in a given date and time slot.  The schedule as of July 10, 2020 is: 

Date Time Availability
 June 13, 2020  Noon        Available
 June 13, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 June 20, 2020  Noon Available
 June 20, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 July 11, 2020  Noon Available
 July 11, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 July 18, 2020  Noon Reserved (DKH)
 July 18, 2020  1:30 PM Reserved (JJC)
 August 1, 2020  Noon Available
 August 1, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 August 8, 2020  Noon Reserved (LAF)
 August 8, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 September 5, 2020  Noon Available
 Sepetmber 5, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 September 19, 2020  Noon Available
 September 19, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 October 3, 2020  Noon Available
 October 3, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 November 7, 2020  Noon Available
 November 7, 2020  1:30 PM Available
 December 5, 2020  Noon Available
 December 5, 2020  1:30 PM Reserved (BWP)















Depending on guidelines then in place and the number of families requesting Baptism, additional dates may be added.

It is required for parents and godparents to have instruction in the sacrament of Baptism. Normally a class is offered on the Thursday evening preceding the Baptism in the Linse Room of the lower Church. For the time being, preparation for Baptism will be done virtually using one of the collaboation platforms such as Zoom. If you have attended Baptismal instruction in the recent past then 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 are usually two godparents. Only one of these, however, must be a baptized, practicing Catholic. The other may be a baptized, practicing member of another Christian denomination. While this person is referred to as a “Christian Witness” on the certificate, his or her role in the baptism ceremony is the same as the godparent. Likewise, the expectation is that this Christian Witness will be a Christian role model for the child.

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