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Baptism

Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby!  St Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church joins you in thanking God for the gift of new life.  As you are seeking the baptism of your child at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, the following guidelines are presented to help you embark upon this journey of faith with Christ.

You should be a registered parishioner at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish.  If you wish to join St. Elizabeth of Hungary and make it your parish, call 610-266-0695 or e-mail register@sercc.org

If you are registered and want to enroll for our parent baptism preparation class please call the parish office.

Baptism preparation class is open to Godparents as well.

Baptismal Preparation Information

Baptism is the first Sunday of the month directly after the Sunday 11:30 am Mass.  Families who are having a child Baptized should attend the 11:30 am Mass.  Baptismal team members will be available to help you after Mass. Baptism will begin at approximately 12:45 pm.

Parents need to attend a baptism class before their child is baptized and prior to choosing their child's godparents.  If they have attended a class for an older child within the past 3 years of their new infant's baptism, parents do not need to attend another class. However, a letter regarding criteria for selecting godparents will be sent home for those who do not need to attend the class. Potential godparents are welcome and encouraged to attend the baptismal class. Classes are held semi-monthly on the third Thursday at 7 pm in the parish office large meeting room.  If you need a class between the scheduled classes, please contact Deacon Mike servantmike1@yahoo.com

Eligibility For Baptism Godparent

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Have received the Sacraments of Initiation; namely Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
  • If married, your marriage must have been witnessed by a Catholic priest or special exception approved by the bishop.
  • Presently active in the practice of the Roman Catholic faith by regularly attending Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Must obtain a letter of good standing from their home parish.

Recognizing the role of Godparents
Every person being baptized must have a sponsor, traditionally called a godparent. You must have at least one sponsor, but parents typically choose a godmother and a godfather for their child, often from each side of the family. Only one godparent is required to be a Roman Catholic. However, the role of a godparent is to support and aid the parents in raising the child in our Catholic faith.

The role of godparents has a very practical history. Godparents took over rearing children who were orphaned when their parents died prematurely. Today, being a godparent carries with it no legal right or ecclesiastical authority to the custody of children. Being a godparent means actively giving good Christian witness and example and being a role model and support by regularly and faithfully practicing the religion.

If you have any concerns, questions, or for more information on how to prepare to baptize your child, please contact Deacon Mike servantmike1@yahoo.com

To schedule an infant Baptism, below the age of five years, please contact the parish office.  For children older than five years please contact Mary Spieker, our Director of Religious Education.  dirreled@sercc.org

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