The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other Sacraments.

Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism (infants and children under the age of seven) is the normative way to begin the initiation of children into the Church.

The information below is to help families to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism. Please fill out the baptism intake form and someone from the church office will contact you to discuss the next steps in baptizing your child. You may contact Janice Maginn at or 512-328-3220 ext 103 after you have read the information below and filled out the intake form

1. The family must be registered members of St. John Neumann Church and currently living in Austin, TX. You may go to this link to register as a parishioner:  A family must be registered members of St. John Neumann Church and attending Sunday Mass regularly for at least three months to have a child baptized at SJN. 

2. Before a date for the Baptism can be scheduled, copies of the child’s birth certificate, a copy of the parents’ marriage certificate and Sponsor Covenant Forms from the godparent/s are required. The documents may be brought to the office, mailed, emailed or faxed (512-328-3226)

3.  Completion of a baptism instructional class for both parents and godparents is required. Attendance will be waived if a class has been completed within the last 2 years. Certificate or letter of completion is required for parents/godparents if they had attended class elsewhere other than St. John Neumann. You are not required to attend the one at SJN. Parents/godparents may attend a class at any parish. We do not accept online classes. You must attend in person.

4.  Baptisms are offered on most Saturdays at 6:45pm (after the 5:30pm Mass) and Sundays at 1:00pm (after the 11:30am Mass) as available. We do not offer private baptisms.  St. John Neumann Parish does not host receptions or make space available for private receptions for Baptisms.

5.  Each Godparent will be required to complete and sign a Baptism Sponsor Covenant form that has been provided by SJN (on our website) and the Diocese of Austin. This document should be returned to the parish office prior to the Baptism.

6.  There is no fee for the Sacrament of Baptism; however, it is customary to offer the Clergy a monetary gift stipend or make a donation to the church, the amount is at your discretion.  If given in a check form, please make it payable to the Clergy or to the church, whichever is your preference.

 Requirements to be a Godparent:

Only one godparent is required for Baptism, however, it is customary for a child to have two godparents. If the child is to have two godparents, one must be male and the other female. The godparent/s (sponsor/s) must:

If you have someone who you would like to participate in the baptism of your child but\is not of the Catholic faith or a Catholic who does not meet the requirements, that person may serve as a Witness and would not have to take a Baptism Instructional class or complete and sign the Baptism Sponsor Covenant form.

Baptism Class Information

At St. John Neumann, we offer a free Baptism Instructional class for all Catholics and their Godparents (sponsors). A class is held on the first Tuesday of the month. An exception would be if a holiday falls on that day; then it would be rescheduled to the following Tuesday. Class is held in the church Sanctuary from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. There is no fee for the class. We do not accept online baptism classes. Please note the baptism class is for adults only. Out of respect for the other attendants and Deacons, please make outside arrangements for babysitting. St. John Neumann Parish does not host receptions or make space available for private receptions for Baptisms.



Adult Baptism

If you, or someone you know, is seeking Baptism as an Adult in the Catholic Church please contact Laura Hughes, Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 512-328-3220, ext. 117 or email her at for further information on how this might become a reality. Preparation for Baptism as an adult is a more involved process requiring completion of a preparation course that usually requires a year. We call this program RCIA, and we will be more than happy to walk with you through the process.

Related to this; the Catholic Church recognizes all those who are past the age of 7 as no longer eligible for infant Baptism. They are recognized as having personal agency and therefore need to be treated as adults with regard to the Sacraments. Each situation is unique, and their program often needs to be personalized. If your child is beyond the age of 7 and you are seeking to give them the Sacraments, please do not hesitate to contact Janice Maginn at We will be more than happy to help.

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