Since the time of early Christianity, Baptism has been the rite of initiation into the Christian community of the Church. In Baptism, the “one Spirit” makes us members of the Body of Christ and of “one another”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Part Two, Section Two, Chapter One, Article One.

Incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ

Number. 1267

The USCCB Baptism Handout.

Incorporated into Christ’s Body, Sent on Christ’s Mission.

Questions & Answers

When do Baptisms take place?

Baptisms take place at 10:30 am in the Church every: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month in English 1st Saturday in Spanish. [Because we have many infants Baptized monthly, Baptisms do not take place during weekend Masses]

How do I Celebrate my child’s Baptism?

Parents can begin the process by attending the Baptism Class that is offered every First Sunday of the month at 12:00 (noon) in the parish center (this is the brick building located directly to the right of the school if you are standing in front of the school and looking at the main school entrance. It is also the closest building on campus to Monroe St.) *No registration is required to attend this class.

You can also get more information by contacting Jordan Tippett at jtippett@sjwest.org.

Have you already been to the Baptism class?

If you had another child Baptized at St. John recently and you have already attended the class, all you need to do is contact Jordan Tippett in the Parish Office (410)-848-4744 OR email her at jtippett@sjwest.org. She will be able to get the Baptism Sign-Up form and Godparent forms to you. These forms are also explained and given at the Baptism Class.

Requirements for Godparents

Before you ask someone to be a Godparent . . .know the requirements: Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation, that brings a person into union with Christ as a member of the Catholic Church. A godparent represents the Catholic Church at Baptism, and then serves as a role model for the child by living a fully Christian (Catholic) life.

A Catholic desiring to serve as a godparent must meet the eligibility requirements established by the Canon Law of the Church:

  • Should be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must be Baptized.
  • Must have received the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
  • Must live a Christian life befitting the baptized.
  • Must be leading a life of faith, and living the Catholic faith.
  • Must be registered and practicing member in a Catholic parish.
  • If married, the marriage must be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church.

Why do we baptize?