The First of the Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism is the sacrament that marks the beginning of the entire Christian life, and is the first of the sacraments of initiation. In Baptism we are freed from sin and become sons and daughters of God. In the sacrament we receive the very life of God, become part of the Body of Christ, become members of the Church, and are called to share in its mission.
Adults or children and youth over the age of seven that wish to be baptized, please Click Here.
Baptisms are typically celebrated the first and third Sundays each month at 2:30 p.m. (except for holidays).
Marking the beginning of life with Christ
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 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
Please contact the Parish Office at 763-421-2471 to verify date, meeting location and register for the prep sessions as well as requesting a date for the celebration of the sacrament.