We are so excited to welcome your child into the Catholic faith. In baptism the church welcomes with joy each new member of the Body of Christ. At St. Mary’s Basilica the baptism of infants and young children (6 years and under) includes the following criteria for having a child baptized:
Baptism Preparation for November 2017
Baptismal Class: Friday, November 10, 2017 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Baptismal Rehearsal: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10 AM
Baptismal Service: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 PM
Baptism Preparation for December 2017
No Baptism Services during the Season of Advent.
Location: Baptismal Class – Social Hall / Baptismal Rehearsal – Church / Baptismal Service – Church
Please Take Note:
Parents and godparents unable to attend the schedule Baptismal Class before their child’s baptism may attend another schedule baptismal class to fulfill their obligation before their child celebrates the sacrament of baptism. If parents and godparents are unable to attend our baptismal preparation classes due to travel complication they may attend a baptismal preparation class at another parish. Parents or godparents will then be required to obtain written proof from the parish stating they completed the class and submit it to St. Mary’s Basilica.
In the baptism of infants and young children parents take responsibility for choosing a godparent(s) who will serve as a good example for living the Catholic way of life. Listed below are the criteria for the selection of godparents required by Canon Law:
What should my child wear?
It is appropriate to dress the child in a white baptismal gown; however any formal church attire is appropriate.
A symbolic white stole will be provided by the church as part of the rite of baptism.
Do I need to provide a baptismal candle?
A baptismal candle will be provided by St. Mary’s Basilica.
What if the godparent or Christian witness cannot be present?
A proxy may stand in on the day of baptism for either a godparent or a Christian witness, but it is required that they attend a baptismal class before the baptism as well. The godparent or Christian witness, not the name of the proxy, is listed on the baptismal certificate.
What if the Godparent(s) or Christian witness cannot attend the Baptismal Class?
If a godparent or Christian witness is unable to attend this class due to travel conflicts they must take a baptismal preparation class at another parish and then provide a written confirmation from that parish to St. Mary’s Basilica.
Do we need to arrive early to reserve seats on the day of Baptism?
St. Mary’s Basilica will reserve seats before Mass for all families and godparents celebrating the Rite of Baptism. Parents and godparents are required to arrive at the Church a half hour before the beginning of Mass.
Download the registration form and return vai mail or in person to: Baptismal Form
Parochial Vicar and Baptism Coordinator
Fr. Edward Sarrazin, OFM
St. Mary’s Basilica
231 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004