Baptism Requirements for Saint Thomas Aquinas

1.) Parent(s) must be registered, participating parishioners* for at least two months.

If they are not yet registered, but wish to have their child Baptized, they must meet with the Pastor prior to registering.

2.) Baptisms take place on Saturdays at 11:00am and Sundays at 1:00pm upon availability. The date will not be scheduled until all requirements are fulfilled and necessary documentation is received in the Parish Office.  Exceptions require the Pastor’s approval.

3.) Parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Class before the Baptism date.

4.) There are normally two godparents, one male and one female, chosen for the child.  A child must have at least one godparent (catholic sponsor) in order to be baptized.

5.) A parent cannot serve as a godparent.

6.) A godparent must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with their Church, at least 16 years of age, who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If married, they must be married according to the laws of the Catholic Church. If unmarried may not be living with another person in a romantic relationship.

7.) A non-Catholic, baptized Christian may serve as a Christian witness, but not as a godparent. A person who is not baptized cannot serve as a Christian witness.

8.) Godparents must provide a letter of eligibility, or sponsor certificate, i.e. a letter from their current parish stating that they meet all the above-named requirements to act as a godparent.

9.) Parents must complete the “Application for Baptism” and provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate. These documents, along with the letter(s) required from the sponsors’ parish (es) must be returned to the parish secretary at St. Thomas Aquinas before the date of the Baptism can be scheduled.

10.) If these requirements are not met, the Baptism will not be performed.

*Regular use of your offertory envelopes assures your continued membership in the parish.