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Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism

 

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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. If you have any questions after reviewing the information below please contact Janice Maginn the Sacraments Coordinator at 512.328.3220 or by email at jmaginn@sjnaustin.org.

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 contact Janice Maginn at jmaginn@sjnaustin.org or 512-328-3220 ext 103 after you have read the information below.

1. The family must be registered members of St. John Neumann Church. You may go to this link to register as a parishioner:  www.sjnaustin.org/new_parishoner_registration.html.  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, a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a copy of the parents’ marriage certificate 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.

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. Childcare is available ONLY at request. The fee for childcare is $5.00 per hour per child if needed. Please call or email Janice Maginn at 512-328-3220 ext 103 or JMaginn@sjnaustin.org at least a week in advance of a class to make a reservation for childcare.  If you reserve babysitting and then it is not needed, you must cancel with a 24 hour notice. If you do not cancel, we will invoice you the amount needed to pay for the babysitting service.

Information on Baptism Classes

REGISTER HERE FOR BAPTISMAL CLASS JUNE THROUGH AUGUST OF 2017

REGISTER HERE FOR BAPTISMAL CLASS SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER OF 2017

Adult Baptism

If you, or someone you know, is seeking Baptism as an Adult in the Catholic Church; please feel free to contact Fr. Kurtis Wiedenfeld at kwiedenfeld@sjnaustin.org 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 Fr. Kurtis Wiedenfeld or Janice Maginn jmaginn@sjnaustin.org. We will be more than happy to help.

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