Baptism

We are delighted that you are inquiring to have your child baptized at St. Paul Church. Parents and godparents accept the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the Catholic faith. You are not alone in this responsibility. The St. Paul Community is here to support you. We recommend you begin the registration process at least 3 months prior to the date you are requesting. You can call before your child’s birth. Since more than 100 babies are Baptized each year at St. Paul Church, please wait for confirmation of the date from the Parish Staff before you make plans.

 

What is Baptism?

 

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life. It is the gateway to life in the Holy Spirit. And the ‘door’ that gives access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God. We become members of Christ and are incorporated into the church and her mission. “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the Word.” Baptism is an invitation to live the Gospel message as disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

What are the Symbols of Baptism

 

  • The SIGN OF THE CROSS

    • The Sign of The Cross is the mark of Christians, for Jesus Christ died on the cross. Parents, godparents, and siblings trace the sign of the cross on the child’s forehead to show that the child belongs to Christ.

 

  • WATER

    • Water is a symbol of purifying and is a sign that our sins are washed away. Water is necessary for life and so it is a sign of rising to a new life.

    • Baptism cleanses us of original sin with which are all born ~ the “human condition”

 

  • Sacred Oil of Chrism

    • A mixture of olive oil & balsam anoints the head of the child. As a sign of strength in Jesus.

 

  • WHITE GARMENT

    • Sign of innocence and the new life of Jesus’ Resurrection

 

  • LIGHTED CANDLE

    • Symbolizes Christ who is the Light of the World. The baptismal candle is lit from the Easter candle, which stands near the altar at Easter as a sign of the risen Christ. The baptismal candle reminds us that the light of Christ has entered into the child’s life and its flame symbolizes the flame of faith that will burn throughout the life of the child.

Registration Instructions

 

At the top of this page there is a link to “Register Online.” It is recommended that you carefully read the “Frequently Asked Questions” which are also at the top of this page.

  • One Parent Preparation Session is required. The Parent Session typically takes place on the Sunday the week prior to the ceremony. You will receive confirmation of the date from the Parish Staff once your ceremony date is confirmed.

 

  • Baptism Ceremonies are scheduled on the dates listed below. These dates are subject to change so register for the date your desire and you will receive confirmation from the parish staff within 3 days of registration. There is a limit of 6 children per ceremony.

 

Contact John Nunziata, Pastoral Associate at (201) 327-0976 or jnunziata@stpaulrcchurch.org.

 

 

2022 Baptism Ceremony Dates

After registering ‘requested’ date & time, wait for confirmation prior to making plans; Ceremonies are scheduled for 1:30PM and 3:00PM on the following dates. There are a maximum of 6 babies per ceremony. Our policy is to ‘fill’ the 1:30PM ceremony and only then add the 3:00PM ceremony.

2022 BAPTISM CEREMONY DATES

January 16

February 13

March 13

May 15

June 12

July 17

August 21

September 18

October 16

November 13

December 18