Baptism is a sacred time in which parents present their child to become a member of St. Jerome community of faith. We as members of the Body of Christ welcome and celebrate new life in the family of God. Through Baptism, parents and godparents make a commitment on behalf of their child or godchild to live a life rooted in the Catholic faith. This is why we have a special program to prepare parents and godparents, and to help them raise their consciousness about this important responsibility.
Baptisms are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 12:30P.M.
Please call the Rectory Office to sign up for a baptism class and to register your child for baptism at least two months in advance.
If parents are not registered parishioners or do not live within St. Jerome boundaries, a letter of authorization from their parish must be provided giving permission for the baptism at St. Jerome.
Children eight years of age and older participate in the Christian initiation process for children, receiving all sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist) when they are sufficiently prepared.
Parents and Godparents must attend a baptism preparation class prior to the ceremony. Generally, classes are scheduled twice a month on a Monday evening and a Saturday morning. Both classes are held in the Senior Center, above the Parish Hall building, upstairs. Out of courtesy to others, we appreciate your prompt attendance and please do not bring children to the preparation class. The class may be taken at another Catholic Parish; however, proof of attendance must be provided prior to the ceremony. Accepted proof is a letter or certificate from the parish with the Church Seal. If parents and/or godparents have attended a baptism preparation class within the last two years, it will not be necessary to attend at this time.
Parents and Godparents should be practicing Catholics, attending Mass, and if married, married in the Catholic Church. At least one Godparent must be a Catholic who is baptized, confirmed and practicing the Catholic faith (no younger than 17 years of age.) The second Godparent, if not Catholic, must be a baptized Christian, and will stand as a "Christian witness."
A suggested customary donation of $50.00 is accepted prior to the ceremony.
If you have any further questions, please call the Rectory Office during business hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.; and Saturdays 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.