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Baptism

For the Baptism of an infant or child, parents should contact the Parish office, (908) 735-7319. Staff members will help you schedule a date, and schedule you for one of our monthly baptism preparation classes. Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday at 1:15 PM. Baptism Preparation classes are held the first Friday of each month at 7:30 PM (Godparents are welcome to attend). A Catholic Godparent must be a practicing Catholic, i.e. one who is free to receive the Sacraments in the Catholic Church and who has been Confirmed.

Any adult who desires to be baptized or receive any of the other Sacraments of Initiation (First Eucharist and Confirmation) should call the Parish Office at 908-735-7319 to connect with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program at our church. This is a process by which a person inquires into becoming a Catholic, and upon completion will receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.

GODPARENT ELIGIBILITY

Below are the eligibility requirements for Godparents.  Please read them carefully as you consider who you will choose to be a Godparent for your child.

1. Catholic Godparents must have received their Confirmation and be at least 14 years of age and Baptized in the Catholic Church.  If married, the ceremony would have to be recognized by the Catholic Church as valid.   They cannot be the father or mother of the child being baptized. 

2. Catholic Godparents will need a letter from the parish they attend indicating they are practicing Catholics and attend Mass regularly on Sundays and Holy Days and receive the Sacraments of the Church regularly.  

3. Canon Law 878 allows for a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic ecclesial community to be a Christian Witness together with a Catholic Godparent.  A person who was left the Catholic Church by a formal act, such as joining another Christian religion, is not qualified to fulfill the role of a Godparent.  

4. Designated Godparents cannot be of the same sex.

Sponsor certificates must be sent to the Parish Office prior to scheduling the baptism.   

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