We are happy you have chosen to celebrate your child’s Baptism at St. Stephen’s Church!
Parents who wish to have their child baptized must be registered members of the parish and attend a two-part Baptism Preparation process:
Part I is a Baptism Theology class held from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. once a month at the church.
Part II is a gathering with a Baptism Support Couple. It’s not really a class so much as a time of fellowship and discussion. The couples coming for baptism meet with a Baptism support couple (and typically at least one other couple seeking the baptism of their child) in their home. It is a time to get to know other couples in the parish on a more informal and inviting atmosphere, and also to talk about things like raising their children in the Catholic faith.
You are also required to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the Baptism Preparation session. If you cannot bring the certificate to the Baptism Preparation session, please mail/bring it to the parish office shortly thereafter (not less than two weeks prior to the requested Baptism date). This certificate is required in order to allow us to properly document the celebration of the sacrament in the church’s permanent Baptism Register as required by Canon Law.
Choosing Sponsors (Godparents)
It is essential that you have at least one sponsor that is Catholic, age 16 or older, fully initiated (Baptized, Confirmed, and receiving Communion), actively practicing their faith and leading a life in harmony with the Catholic faith. If you have two, one is to be male and the other female. A second sponsor doesn’t have to be Catholic, but must be baptized and practicing as a Christian. Such a person will be designated a “Christian Witness”.
Catholic Sponsors chosen that are not members of St. Stephen must have a “Godparent Eligibility Certificate” signed by their Pastor (or his designate) at the parish in which they are registered.
Download the Godparent Eligibility Certificate (PDF).
Please contact the Parish Office at 763-421-2471 to verify date, meeting location and register for the prep sessions.
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