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Scheduling your child's Baptism
Baptisms are usually celebrated during Mass, except during Advent and Lent; and outside of Mass on Saturday at 6:00 PM Mass or Sunday at Noon. Please call the office, 724-935-2104, to register.

Adoption
In the case of children who are in the process of being adopted, the Baptism may be celebrated with the consent of the natural parents; otherwise, the Baptism is to be postponed until after the adoption has been finalized, except in danger of death. Foster parents do not have the authority to present a foster child for Baptism.

Choosing Godparents
Before Baptism, one of the most important issues is the choice of godparents for your child. You are required to have only one godparent. Normally, there are two godparents, in which case, one is to be male and one to be female. Careful consideration should be given to choosing godparents as they must meet certain qualifications as set forth by laws of the Catholic Church.

A person to be admitted as a godparent must:

  • be designated by you and must have the intention of performing this role.
  • be at least sixteen years of age (unless the pastor sees just cause for an exception).
  • be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already shared Holy Communion.
  • be a Catholic who leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken.
  • not be bound by any legitimately imposed canonical penalty.
  • not be the father or mother of the child.

Please save embarrassment for all concerned by NOT choosing a godparent who does not fulfill the above requirements.

In view of these guidelines, the pastor of the designated godparent is normally responsible for determining these qualifications.  If you choose a godparent who is a member of a parish other than Sts. John and Paul Parish, they must obtain a letter of eligibility from the pastor of their parish. This original letter is to be sent or delivered to the Parish Office at least two weeks prior to the Baptism date; faxes/photocopies/emails will not be accepted.  

A baptized person who belongs to some other non-Catholic community may be asked to serve not as a godparent but as a Christian witness as long as a Catholic godparent is also present. Catholics who have abandoned the faith may not act as a Christian witness or a godparent.

The church does make accommodations for a godparent who, for good cause, is not able to be present at the ceremony. A proxy may be chosen to stand-in for the godparent at the ceremony.

Baptism Preparation
Parents are required to attend Baptism preparation prior to the Baptism of their first child.  Also, parents who have not participated in Baptism preparation within the past four years are required to participate in Baptism preparation prior to the Baptism of their next child.

Baptism Preparation is a one-hour program, typically offered on the first Sunday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 12:00 pm in the Church.   

The next dates are as follows:

  • February 2, 2014
  • April 6, 2014
  • June 8, 2014
  • August 3, 2014
  • October 5, 2014
  • December 7, 2014

You can register online for one of these classes by clicking here.

Baptismal Record
After the Baptism, the information will be recorded in the parish Baptism register. Your child's permanent record will always be kept at this parish. Before your child's entry to Catholic school, confirmation, marriage, religious profession or ordination in years to come, you will be asked for an updated copy of the Baptismal Certificate. It will always be issued from this parish. The information about your child's sacramental life - where those events may happen - will always be recorded here at Sts. John and Paul Parish, as well.



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