Baptism

 

Parent(s) desiring Baptism for their child are asked to follow the steps below:

STEP ONE:

  • Complete the Belonging Baptism Online Certification Course
    • Enroll using your email address and creating a password. This will allow you access to complete the course at your own pace. Your progress will be saved after each segment, making it easy to start and stop * cost for this course is $9.95
    • After you have completed all of the components you will be able to download and save your certificate. Please email your certificate to baptism@stmaryswormville.org so that we can document that you have fulfilled this requirement.
    • If you have had a previous child baptized, but it has been more than two years since you have taken a course, please plan to re-attend.

STEP TWO:

STEP THREE:

  • Choose your child’s Godparent(s)
    • Helpful guidelines to consider when choosing a Godparent/Sponsor:
      • Parents may choose one or two Godparent(s)/Sponsor(s)
      • At least one Godparent/Sponsor must be a practicing Catholic, the other must be a baptized Christian (Christian Witness).
      • A Godparent/Sponsor must be at least 16 years of age.
      • Baptized and Confirmed in the Catholic faith.
      • Practicing Catholics in good standing.
      • For more detailed guidelines in choosing a Godparent/Sponsor click here.
      • Godparent(s)/Sponsor(s) cannot be:
        • A Non-Christian
        • Anyone raised Catholic but has changed their religion or no longer practices the faith.
    • Catholic Godparent(s) – must print and complete the Godparent Validation/Eligibility Form
    • Christian Witness –  must print and complete the Christian Witness Validation/Eligibility Form

Prior to scheduling your child’s baptism you must submit the applicable paperwork:

  • Registration Form
  • Belonging Baptism Online Course Certificate (if applicable)
  • Godparent Validation/Eligibility Form
  • Christian Witness Validation/Eligibility Form (if applicable)

If you have any questions please contact the Family Faith Formation office by email at baptism@stmaryswormville.org or by phone at (716) 688-0599.

Any parents that are non-parishioners or live out of town, must contact Deacon Rick Stachura at the Parish Rectory (716-688-9380) for approval for Baptism at St. Mary’s. Approval is also required from the Pastor of the church at which the parents currently belong.