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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are registered and want to enroll for our parent baptism preparation class please call the parish office at 610-266-0695.
Baptism preparation class is open to Godparents as well.
Baptismal Preparation Information
Baptism is generally the first Sunday of the month directly after the Sunday 10:00 am Mass. Families who are having a child Baptized should attend the 10:00 am Mass. Baptismal team members will be available to help you after Mass. Baptism will begin at approximately 11:00 am.
Parents must attend a baptism class before their child's baptism is scheduled and prior to choosing their child's godparents. If they have attended a class for an older child within the past 2 years of their new infant's baptism, the class requirement may be waived. 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 on the third Sunday of the month, after the 10 am Mass by appointment only. For appointments, please call the office or email Deacon Mike email@example.com
Eligibility For Baptism Godparent
- Must be 16 years of age or older
- Have received all three Sacraments of Initiation; namely Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.
- If married, your marriage must have been witnessed by a Catholic priest or have a special exception approved by the bishop. Individuals who are co-habitating outside the bonds of marriage are not eligible to be godparents.
- Presently active in the practice of the Roman Catholic faith by regularly attending Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation. Someone who was Catholic, but no longer practices the Catholic faith, may not be a godparent or Christian sponsor.
- 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. The second godparent (who would be Christian but not Roman Catholic) would have the title of Christian Witness. The role of a godparent is to support and aid the parents in raising the child in our Catholic faith; therefore, prior Catholics who no longer practice their Catholic faith are not eligible to be godparents or Christian witnesses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To schedule a class or an infant Baptism for children below the age of five years, please contact the parish office at 610-266-0695. For children older than five years please contact Mary Spieker, our Director of Religious Education. email@example.com
Suggested donation for baptism is $50.00 per child. This helps to defray the life long record keeping that will be maintained by the Parish.