Welcome to the Baptism Page on the St. Columba Website!
If you’ve found your way here, God must be drawing you closer to His heart and asking you to take a step closer to Him, as you seek baptism for your child. If you’ve been away from the church and your faith for a while, welcome back! If you’ve been walking with the Lord closely every day, praise God! Whatever your circumstances, we are always excited by the prospect of welcoming another child into the family of Jesus! Our prayer is that God may richly bless you through this process. Know that the entire community will be praying for you, and that we await, with eager joy, the day of your child’s baptism.
The first step in the preparation process involves contacting Pete & Sally Fochtman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 247-0044 ext. 15 to set up a one-on-one meeting.
Prior to that meeting, please take the time to read and review these frequently asked questions:
What is involved in having my infant child baptized?
If your child is between the ages of 0-6, at least one parent needs to be a Catholic. In addition, they must attend weekend Mass regularly with that child for at least 6 months prior to the baptism, be a registered parishoner at St. Columba, and attend the two required parent classes (Affirming our Faith and the Baptism Class).
What if my child is over the age of 6?
Children between the ages of 7-18 should be attending weekly weekend Mass for at least 6 months prior to celebrating baptism, in addition to receiving regular faith formation, either as a St. Columba school child or in one of our faith formation programs (K-5 Faith Formation, EDGE - for middle school youth, or Life Teen - for high school youth).
What are the requirements for parents?
Parents wishing to celebrate the baptism of their child must be active (meaning that they regularly attend weekend Mass) and must be registered parishioners of St. Columba Parish for at least six months. Parents must attend two classes, Affirming our Faith and a Baptism Class. Contact the parish office for the dates and times of these classes.
What are the requirements for Godparents?
Godparents must be at least 16 years old.
If there is only one Godparent, he or she must be an active, practicing Catholic.
If there are two godparents, one must be a practicing Catholic. The other may be a non-Catholic Christian witness, as long as he or she is a baptized Christian.
Any Catholic who serves as a Godparent must be a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church, meaning that they have celebrated Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Catholic Godparents who are not members of St. Columba Parish must submit proof that they are active members of a parish and are suitable for the role of godparent. They must ask their pastor to send written verification to the parish office.
How soon can I schedule the baptism?
Upon completion of both the Affirming our Faith Class and the Baptism Class, along with being an active parishoner for at least 6 months, the baptism may be scheduled. At that time, in conjunction with St. Columba’s schedule, you are welcome to choose the date and Mass time that works best with your family. Please note: no baptisms occur during the Lenten season.
What if I seek baptism for myself as an adult?
Families interested in having their children baptized need to attend one session of each of the following two classes:
March 15 6:30-8:00pm in the parish center
April 29 9-10:30am in the parish center
Affirming our Faith Classes:
March 7 6:30-8pm in the parish center
April 18 6:30-8pm in the parish center