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


  • 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 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.



  • 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
      • This form is required for parishioners of St. Mary’s who are asked to be a godparent.
      • After signing and completing this form, drop off or send this Letter of Recommendation to the rectory office at the address below for the pastor’s signature.
        • If the Baptism is at St. Mary’s Swormville – no further action needed.
        • If this letter is needed for a Baptism being celebrated at another parish – we’ll notify you when it is ready; pick-up is located on the table outside of Priest’s Sacristy in the New Church.

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 Catholic Education Formation Office by email at or by phone at (716) 688-0599.

Please note: Baptisms are not scheduled during Lent.

Any parents that are non-parishioners or live out of town, must contact Father Bryan Zielenieski or Father Luke Uebler 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.