- If you are seeking to become Catholic or learn more about the Church please click then Becoming Catholic link in the submenu in the right column.
- If you are a parishioner and seek permission to baptize your child in another parish, please complete Permission to Baptize Elsewhere, located in the lower right corner of this page so that we may provide you with the necessary documentation to give to the church of baptism.
- If you are a parishioner and have been asked to be a godparent, please complete Request Godparent Eligibility Letter, located in the lower right corner of this page, and we will provide you with the necessary documentation to give to the church of baptism.
- If you wish to have your child Baptized please read the introduction below.
INTRODUCTION TO CHILD BAPTISM
The following introduction is for the parents of children being Baptized at the Basilica. Parishioners scheduling baptisms elsewhere will need to request a letter from the Pastor giving his permission. Complete the form to the right to request this letter.
For a child to be baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, there must be a basis for hope that the child will be raised in the Catholic faith. In practice, this generally means that at least one parent is a practicing Catholic. There is a pre-baptismal appointment with the pastor for the parents seeking baptism for their first child. Parents wishing to have their children baptized at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence must be registered and active members of the parish.
If you are a registered parishioner, please read the following guidelines, then continue by clicking the Child Baptism Details link to the right.
If you are not a registered member but have been regularly attending at the Basilica you are encouraged to register as a member by clicking on the Office tab above, then Membership, then complete the Basilica Membership Registration form.
The age range for baptism is infant through six years old. Children seven and older must participate in our faith formation program to prepare them for baptism.
Requirements for Godparents
Parents should choose a Godmother and Godfather who will take an active role in the faith formation of their child.
G U I D E L I N E S
The church requires at least one Godparent who is a practicing, confirmed Catholic, age 16 or older. Two practicing Catholics are preferred.
If necessary, a baptized non-Catholic Christian may be a Christian Witness for your child.
People who are not baptized Christians cannot be sponsors for baptism, since they themselves are not baptized.
The child will be baptized by pouring water from the baptismal font over the baby's head.
A white garment is an ancient sign of the newly baptized Christian's new life in Christ. Your child's baptismal garment need not be a traditional baptismal or christening gown; it can be any clothing that is mainly white. The child wears the white garment throughout the service.
Child baptisms are not typical during the Lenten season as it is a special time for adults who are preparing for baptism and entering their new life in Christ at the Easter Vigil.
No fee is required, but a stipend for the priest/deacon, made payable to them, is customary.