Baptism is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, and the first to be received. In Baptism, we are washed clean of original sin and receive salvation in Christ. This one-time sacrament, in which we are bathed in grace and become a member of Christ’s Body, can never be repeated or taken away. It marks us as a baptized Christian.
The Church of Saint Joseph encourages everyone—current parishioners as well as future parishioners—to consider Baptism for themselves or for their children. We welcome those whose faith is strong as well as those whose faith life is just beginning. We welcome parents, whether couples or a single parent, and whether married or unmarried. We welcome those with family members of the same religious background as well as those who come from different religious traditions.
For baptism of adults and children over the age of six, please contact the Faith Formation office and inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation.
For baptism of children, infant through age six, please contact the parish office at
363-7505, ext. 100 to register for a Baptism Preparation class. This class is a one-time session usually held at 6:00 pm on the first Monday of the month. Once the class is completed, you may call the parish office to schedule the Baptism of your child. Please note that if you are not yet a registered parishioner, we will also ask you to complete a parishioner registration form.
Attendance at a Baptism Preparation class is required for all parents wishing to have their child baptized, even for parents who have had other children baptized.
We encourage you to have your child baptized during Mass so that the larger Christian community can witness this wonderful moment as your child becomes a member of God’s family. Under special circumstances, baptisms can be celebrated outside of Mass. Please call the parish office to discuss your particular situation.
If you are not married, the diocese requires us to obtain a copy of your child’s birth certificate. The parish office needs to receive a copy of the birth certificate before a baptism date is set. In addition, please make an appointment with the pastor to discuss your marital status.
Guidelines for choosing Godparents.