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:
Because of the communal, public nature of baptism, all baptisms are celebrated during the regularly-scheduled weekend liturgies on the third weekend of the month at the Saturday 5 PM Mass or the Sunday 11 AM Mass. An exception is made for cases of emergency. Because of the Spiritual nature of Advent and Lent and the emphasis on prayerful renewal and preparation for Christmas and Easter, Sacraments, including Baptism, are not celebrated until the Christmas, Easter or Ordinary Time.
Baptismal preparation classes are typically held on the third Saturday of the month, the same weekend of the Baptism. Classes are from 9 to 11:30 AM. It is essential that parents and godparents attend the class. Please note: Parents and godparents not attending this class must attend another class before the baptism and must provide written confirmation from the parish attended.
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 St Mary’s Baptismal Registration: St-Marys-Baptismal-Registration
and return to:
Parochial Vicar and Baptism Coordinator
Fr. Edward Sarrazin, OFM
St. Mary’s Basilica
231 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004