We'd like to Baptize our Child

Father baptizing a babyBaptisms at Saint John Fisher are held on Sundays after the 11:30am Mass. We baptize on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of each month at 12:45pm. Father McDermott and Deacon Dan Bingnear perform Baptisms on a rotating schedule.

The first step toward Baptism is register your family in the parish. Please stop by the Parish Office during regular business hours to fill out a registration form, or ask Father McDermott or Deacon Dan to assist you after any weekend Mass.

If this is the first child you are having Baptized, you must attend the Pre-Jordan class before the ceremony.  You can attend Pre-Jordan class before or after the baby’s birth. The class is held on the third Sunday of the month at 12:45 p.m. in the Parish Center, and lasts  approximately one hour. To sign up for Pre-Jordan class, please call the Parish Office at 610-485-0441, ext. 2.  If you have attended the Pre-Jordan class, you will not need to attend a second time. 

Once you have registered in the parish, you may call the Parish Office at 610-485-0441, ext. 2, to make arrangements for your child’s Baptism on the date of your choice. We need to know the date you prefer as soon as you have chosen it, and you must sign up at least two weeks in advance of the chosen date.

We encourage you to attend the 11:30 a.m. Mass on the Sunday of the Baptism.  Please let guests know that they should arrive to the church no later than 12:30 p.m., as the ceremony will begin promptly at 12:45. 

There is no fee to Baptize a child.  Any offering you wish to give at the time of the Baptism is deeply appreciated, and will be used to further the work of our Parish.

SELECTING GODPARENTS

The role of a Godparent is to assist the parents in raising the child in the Catholic faith, and to provide a good Catholic role model for the child. Therefore, there are guidelines for who is eligible to be a Godparent.  It would be wise to discuss these requirements with your intended Godparents to be sure they are eligible before submitting their names to the parish.

Godparents must

  • be practicing Catholics
  • be at least 16 years old
  • be registered members of a parish
  • have received their Sacraments
  • be in a valid Church marriage, if they are married
  • secure a letter of eligibility from their parish indicating they are in good standing and permitted to serve as a Godparent.

Former Catholics who have formally left the Church to join another denomination are not eligible.

As long as one Godparent is a practicing Catholic, the other may be a Christian Witness, meaning that he or she is a Baptized Christian and are a practicing member of another Christian church (for example, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc.) 

A Christian Witness must also provide a letter of eligibility from his or her church, which indicates the date of his or her Baptism and that they are members of the Church.  

Letters of eligibility must be received in the parish office two weeks prior to the Baptism date.