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. 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 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

Out of caution during the time of COVID-19, baptisms are limited to two families at a time. 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 Family 1 Family 2
 April 10, 2021  Noon Reserved CBG Not available
 April 10, 2021  1:30 PM Reserved DLH Not available
 April 17, 2021    Noon Reserved LD Not available
 April 17, 2021  1:30 PM Reserved BA and OA Not available
 May 8, 2021  Noon Reserved RDG Reserved CH
 May 8. 2021  1:30 PM Reserved ND Not available
 May 22, 2021  Noon Reserved NJK Reserved WCC
 May 22, 2021  1:30 PM Reserved MAH Not available
 June 5, 2021  Noon Reserved TRG Available
 June 5, 2021  1:30 PM Not available Not available
 June 19, 2021  Noon Reserved HJ and VJ Reserved MCM
 June 19, 2021  1:30 PM Reserved CEV Not available
 July 10, 2021  Noon Reserved CRM and EJC Reserved PEM
 July 10, 2021  1:30 PM Available Available
 July 24, 2021  Noon Available Available
 July 24, 2021  1:30 PM Reserved CEB Available
 July 31, 2021  Noon Reserved LTR Not available
 August 7, 2021  Noon Available Available
 August 7, 2021  1:30 PM Available Available
 August 21, 2021  Noon Available Available
 August 21, 2021  1:30 PM Available Available
 September 4, 2021    Noon Available Available
 September 4, 2021  1:30 PM Available Available
 September 18, 2021  Noon Reserved BAM  Available
 September 18, 2021   1:30 PM Reserved McGann Available
 October 2, 2021    Noon Available Available
 October 2, 2021  1:30 PM Available Available
 October 16, 2021  Noon Available Available
 October 16, 2021   1:30 PM Available Available
 November 6, 2021  Noon Available Available
 November 6, 2021   1:30 PM Available Available
 November 20, 2021  Noon Available Available
 November 20, 2021   1:30 PM Available Available
 December 4, 2021  Noon Available Available
 December 4, 2021   1:30 PM Available Available
 December 18, 2021  Noon Available Available
 December 18, 2021   1:30 PM Available Available

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Child's Information
Requested Date for Baptism //
  •  
See form instructions above for available dates.
Time
  •  
Only one child may be baptized in a given time slot.
Child's Name
  •  
Include middle name if child has one
Child's Gender
  •  
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
  •  
Address
  •  
Primary Phone --
  •  
Email
  •  
Parish Registration
  •  
Provide name of parish where the family is registered or "none" if not registered
Have you previously received Baptismal Instruction?
  •  
Year of Instruction
  •  
If other, indicate year in the Special Requests field.
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
  •  
Special Requests
  •  
Tell us if there are special considerations or questions regarding the Baptism of your child.
  •  
 
Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!