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. In accordance with the safety precautions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, theses sessions are conducted via “Zoom” conference. You will be provided details after your register and confirm the date of the ceremony.

 

  • 2021 Baptism Ceremonies scheduled on the dates listed below. There is a limit of 4 children per ceremony. The safety measures that are in place due to the Coronavirus pandemic are listed below.

 

Call/text any questions to John Nunziata (201) 988-6988 or jnunziata@stpaulrcchurch.org.

 

 

2021 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 4 babies per ceremony. Our policy is to ‘fill’ the 1:30PM ceremony and only then add the 3:00PM ceremony.

BAPTISM CEREMONY

September 12, 2021 (3:00 PM only)

October 24, 2021

November 14, 2021

December 12, 2021

Baptism Ceremony Pandemic Guidelines

(Subject to change in accordance with NJ State & Newark Archdiocese Requirements)

 

St. Paul Church is committed to making all Sacraments available to our parishioners with comprehensive precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety during the pandemic.

 

  • Families should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time of the ceremony

  • Only the baby, parents and godparents will be allowed into the Sanctuary for the ceremony - everyone else must remain in their seats.

  • Please inform your family/friends of requirement to wear face masks at all times in the church.

  • Each family will have a specified seating area to ensure social distancing.

  • Each child will be baptized using fresh water in separate bowls

  • Each family may have a total of 20 attendees including child/parents/ godparents

  • The Church will be sanitized before/after all ceremonies:  All pews, door handles/knobs, rest rooms will wiped down and sanitized prior to your arrival and immediately following your departure

  • No materials such as books, pamphlets may be brought into the church. All materials will have been removed from the pews.

  • Priest & parish staff will wear masks

  • We discourage attendance by anyone with underlying health conditions and anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms or been exposed to someone with symptoms within 14 days prior to the baptism date.