Scheduling a Private Baptism at Saint Brigid
Parish Registration: Parents of the child to be baptized should be registered members of Saint Brigid Church. If you are not registered, please register at the Parish Office or complete the online registration form on the Saint Brigid website: www.saintbrigid.org
Baptism Class: Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Class before the baptism.
Baptism classes at Saint Brigid are offered one Sunday a month (usually the 3rd Sunday) from 3:15 to 4:30 pm in the chapel. Parents must attend a class for each child (not just their oldest child) though you can receive credit for a previously attended class if it was within the past two years.
Baptism class dates in 2019 will be:
Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, Apr 28, May 19, Jun 9, Jul 21, Aug 18, Sep 15, Oct 20, Nov 17, Dec 15
- To Reserve your Class: Email email@example.com or call the parish office at 678-393-0060 to reserve your space in a particular class. Include your names and the date of the class you wish to attend.
- You may attend a baptism preparation class at another parish if necessary. You must provide a letter or verification of attendance from that parish indicating the class date.
Scheduling a Baptism:
Baptisms at Saint Brigid are private family baptisms, scheduled in the Adoration Chapel at the following times:
- Saturdays mornings: 9:45 am, 10:30 am, 11:15 am, 12 noon,
- Saturday afternoons: 12:45 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:15pm, 3:00 pm and 3:45 pm
- Sunday afternoons: 1:45 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:15 pm and 4:00 pm
The Baptism party should arrive at the church 10 to 15 minutes before the scheduled time. We recommend that you check with invited friends and family members before selecting a specific date.
Email the Baptism Coordinator, Kathy Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to request your child’s baptism.
If you wish to ask a Priest or Deacon from another parish to officiate at the baptism, please contact your clergy first to confirm his willingness and availability. Then either you or the clergy should contact email@example.com to schedule the baptism.
Requirements for Sponsors (Godparents)
At baptism, the sponsor (or godparent) begins a life-long relationship with their godchild, praying for and supporting their godchild in faith, as well as providing an example of the Catholic faith in action. Hopefully the godparent and godchild will develop a close personal bond as well.
You may choose one or two sponsors for your child. Only one is necessary. At least one sponsor must be an active, practicing Catholic. The other godparent may be a Christian of another denomination. The Catholic godparent must provide a sponsor certificate signed by the pastor of the sponsor’s home parish.
The Catholic sponsor must meet all four qualifications:
- Be a practicing Catholic and a member of a parish.
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
- If married, must be sacramentally married in the Catholic Church.
Baptismal Gown, Candle and Certificate
Children receiving the Sacrament of Baptism should be dressed in a white gown. The Parish will provide the Baptismal Candle, in addition to a Baptismal Bib, as a symbolic gift from the Parish. These are yours to keep as a reminder of this joyous milestone.
A Baptismal Certificate for your child will be mailed to you approximately 10-14 days following the ceremony. Please note that the Baptismal Certificate will reflect the mother’s maiden (baptismal) name. Please keep the certificate in a safe place with other important documents for future reference.
A duplicate baptism certificate can be provided up request. Please allow at least 10-14 days for the certificate to be prepared and signed by the pastor. Parents are responsible for providing a copy of the Baptism certificate when enrolling their children in religious education programs or parochial schools. Please complete the form Duplicate Certificate Request and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to helping you plan your child’s baptism!
If you have any questions, contact Kathy Hogan at email@example.com