"Don't forget that the greatest inheritance you can give to your children is the faith. Try to see that it is not lost, nurture it and leave it as an inheritance." Pope Francis, January 10, 2016
TO SCHEDULE A BAPTISM:
1. Has your child been baptized in the hospital?
Then he/she will not need to be baptized again. If you would like to arrange for a blessing, which "looks the same" as a baptism, and takes place at the same time (with everything but the pouring of water) please contact the Parish Office (773 327 8955).
2. Depending on the age of your child:
Only infants (under 18 months) can be baptized at one of the weekend masses.
Children older than 18 months of age can be baptized at one of the regularly scheduled baptism services on Saturday morning at 11:00 am, or Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm.
School age children (4 years old & over) need to be catechized in school or through the Religious Education program before being baptized. Please contact the Director of Religious Education at the Parish Office (773 327 8955).
Adults seeking baptism should consider our RCIA program and call the Director of Religious Education.
3. Take the Baptismal Preparation Class.
Both parents need to take the Baptismal Preparation Class. If you have taken it previously, you do not need to take it again. Godparents are welcome to take the Class, but are not required to. Please call the Parish Office to sign up for the Class. (773 327 8955)
St. Josaphat’s class is usually held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Church, and lasts for about an 45 minutes. You will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the class, and this serves as proof that you have taken the class. (Some other parishes require this if you are to be a Godparent to a baby being baptized in that parish.) Classes will be cancelled if no one has signed up for the session.
Remaining Date for 2017
Monday, March 13, 7 pm
Monday, April 10, 7 pm
Monday May 8, 7 pm
Monday June 12, 7 pm
Monday July 10, 7 pm
Monday August 14, 7 pm
Monday September 11, 7 pm
Monday October 9, 7 pm
Monday November 13, 7 pm
Monday December 11, 7 pm
4. Select Godparents.
1. Only one godparent is required.
2. At least one godparent MUST be a baptized and confirmed Catholic. (The godparents are taking on the responsiblity to help raise the child in the Catholic faith after all!)
3. If you have someone you want to be a godparent but the person is not Catholic, that person may be present as a Christian Witness IF he or she is a baptized Christian. A non-baptized person cannot be a godparent for a Catholic baptism.
4. If you have two godparents, one MUST be a male and one MUST be a female (godfather and godmother).
5. If you want more godparents, you can have as many as you want – but we only have room to record one male and one female. (We don’t make the record books, we just follow Church law) Christian witnesses are recorded in the same place as godparents, with the notation “Christian Witness”.
5. Determine which Baptism time is convenient for you.
Each month (except during the Lenten season when no baptisms are celebrated except in emergency) we offer baptisms three times a month: On the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:30 pm and on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 11 am, and at one of the weekend masses (on a rotating basis) on the weekend of the 4th Sunday of the month. Baptisms are also not celebrated here at St. Josaphat on Christmas weekend if Christmas or Christmas Eve falls on a weekend.
Remaining Dates for 2017
Sunday, April 23, 8 am Mass
Sunday, May 14, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, May 20, 11 am Service
Sunday, May 28, 10 am Mass
Sunday, June 11, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, June 17, 11:00 am Service
Sunday, June 25, Noon Mass
Sunday, July 9, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, July 15, 11:00 Service
Sunday, July 22, 5 pm Mass
Sunday, August 13, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, August 19, 11:00 am Service
Sunday, August 27, 8 am Mass
Sunday, September 10, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, September 16, 11:00 am Service
Sunday, September 24, 10 am Mass
Sunday, October 8, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, October 21, 11:00 am Service
Sunday, October 22, Noon Mass
Sunday, November 12, 1:30 Service
Saturday, November 18, 11:00 am Service
Sunday, November 25, 5 pm Mass
Sunday, December 10, 1:30 pm Service
Saturday, December 16, 11:00 am Service
6. Call the Parish Office to schedule the baptism. (773 327 8955)
We encourage you to call between 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays, but you can schedule a baptism at any time the Parish Office is open.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Can I schedule a private baptism for just our baby and our family?
All sacraments are meant for the entire community of believers. There is no such thing as a "private" sacrament. Sacraments are where Christians encounter God in and with and through one another. That is as true of baptism as it is of Eucharist. At times, due to circumstances, (e.g. someone sick in the hospital and alone when the anointing of the sick is celebrated, only one baby registered for a baptism, the desire for privacy in reconciliation, etc.) some sacraments may appear to be private, but even then, the hope is that the wider community is somehow participating in the celebration of grace.
The joy and happiness of a family in welcoming a new baby into their family is not limited to them, but is a cause for celebration for the parish family as well. Ideally, whenever we celebrate a sacrament, the entire community is present. However, since it is rare for all the parishioners to fit into the church at one time, not to mention the great diversity of individual's schedules, we schedule services that accommodate people's schedules, even though only part of the entire community can be present. Nevertheless, the hope is always that representatives of the broader community participate as a sign of solidarity with the individual or family.
2. How many other babies can I expect to be baptized with my child?
Your baby may be the only one baptized, or there may be 6 or more. Typically between 1 – 3 babies are baptized at a time at St. Josaphat. We do not limit the number of babies who are baptized at one service or mass.
3. When should I have my child baptized?
Usually within the first 3 - 6 months.
4. What if I can’t make any of the scheduled dates?
If you have been a registered, active parishioner for 4 months, and, for some special reason, you absolutely cannot make one of the regularly scheduled times, you can then schedule a baptism at another Sunday mass -- but NOT on the same weekend as we already have baptisms scheduled at another mass.
5. Can I schedule my baby’s baptism before he/she is born?
Yes! In fact, you are encouraged to!
6. What do we do on the day of the baptism?
Arrive about 10-15 minutes before the service or mass. Introduce yourself and your baby to the priest or deacon. Parents and Godparents should sit, with the baby, in one of the front rows of the church.