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“Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word.”
(CCC 1213)


BaptismWe celebrate baptisms on the 1st weekend of the month; either at 4:30 p.m. Mass (Saturday), 11:00 a.m. Mass (Sunday), or 12:15 p.m. Liturgy of the Word with Baptism (Sunday).  Parents and Godparents should report directly to the Narthex of the Church where the Baptism will begin.

To register for an upcoming Baptism Workshop, please register online: Online Baptism Registration.

Requirements include the following:

  • All Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Workshop prior to the baptism of their child. It is highly recommended that parents attend this workshop before the birth of their baby. 
    • Workshop Dates (2018):
      • Saturday, August 18, 2018
      • Saturday, November 17, 2018
    • First-time Parents are asked to arrive at 9:30 a.m.
    • Parents of a second child (or more) are asked to arrive at 11:00 a.m. Please fill out the Online Baptism Registration to sign-up for one of the Workshop Dates.
  • Parents who have attended Baptism preparation in the past are asked to schedule an appointment to meet with a Baptism team member to begin planning the Baptism liturgy.

  • Godparents must:
    • be practicing Catholics
    • age sixteen or older
    • have been confirmed
    • must be registered parishioners of this parish  or must present a sponsor certificate from their home parish
    • if married, must have been married in accord with Church law (married by a Catholic priest or deacon; married by other minister with proper dispensation; had marriage validated by the Catholic Church)
    • must participate in the Saturday evening vigil or Sunday Mass and receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion
    • must keep the Holy Days of Obligation
    • under special circumstances, permission may be given for one non-Catholic who is a baptized Christian to be a “witness” to the baptism.  Witnesses are not considered Godparents.

For more information about the Catholic Church’s requirements of Godparents, please refer to the Code of Canon Law (church law) canons 774, 872, 873, 874, 892, 893, 920, & 989.

In the event that a godparent cannot be present for the Baptism because of distance, age or illness, a designated person may act as a proxy.  The proxy for a godparent must be Catholic and must secure a Sponsor’s Certificate from their parish priest which testifies to their suitability as a godparent.  Please advise the priest of the name of the proxy as soon as possible.

Please dress the baby with garments that can be easily opened at the chest for the anointing.  White clothing is traditional, but not required.

Baptism is an occasion to celebrate spiritually as well as socially.  Please feel free to invite as many relatives and friends as you would like.

Photographs may be taken after the Baptism ceremony is over.  The Priest and/or Deacon will also be available at that time if you would like them to be in any of the pictures.

Is is customary to offer a donation to the Church on the occasion of Baptism because there is a small cost to the Church for performing a Baptism.  If you wish to make a donation, please place it in an envelope and give it to the Priest or Deacon.

Please contact Becky Davis, our Pastoral Associate, at (717) 697-8716 or prior to the birth of your baby for details about planning your baby’s baptism.

Saint Katharine Drexel