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.

Getting Started

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 sacraments@sjnaustin.org 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 attending Sunday Mass here regularly and/or live in our Parish boundaries. You may go to this link to register as a parishioner:  Click here.

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 Godparent Sponsor Covenant Form from the godparent/s are required. The documents may be brought to the office, mailed, emailed or faxed (512-328-3226).

3. Baptism Class Information: 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. A 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.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not having an in-person class anymore. We have implemented a two-part online preparation class.

  • Part one is this online class. The current cost of this online class is $9.95.
  • Part two is a Zoom meeting where you will meet with our Adult Faith Formation Director and she will answer all questions and go over everything you need to know about the day of baptism at St John Neumann. These classes take place once a month on a Wednesday evening from 7-8PM. Registration is currently available for the following dates (click to register): February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, and June 9. Please register by 5pm the day before the class.

Please complete part one first and provide the certificate before attending the Zoom meeting.

4.  Baptisms are offered on most Saturdays at 6:15 pm (after the 5:00 pm Mass) and Sundays at 12:30 pm (after the 11:00 am Mass) as available. 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 Godparent Sponsor Covenant Form that has been provided by SJN and the Diocese of Austin. This document should be returned to the parish office prior to scheduling 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:

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be a practicing Catholic who has been Confirmed, has already received the sacrament of the Eucharist, and leads a life in harmony with faith and the role to be undertaken
  • If married, is in a valid Catholic marriage
  • Not be the father or the mother of the one to be baptized

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.

Questions about Baptism?  We are here to help!

Janice Maginn
Sacraments Coordinator
sacraments@sjnaustin.org
512.328.3220, ext. 103

Adult Baptism

If you, or someone you know, is seeking Baptism as an Adult in the Catholic Church please contact the Director of Adult Faith Formation, at 512-328-3220, ext. 117 or email her at adultfaith@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 - the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults - 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 the Sacraments Coordinator at sacraments@sjnaustin.org. We will be more than happy to help.

Questions about Adult Baptism?  We are here to help!
Laura Hughes
Director of Adult Faith Formation
adultfaith@sjnaustin.org
512.328.3220, ext. 117