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:
During this time during the Pandemic, Baptism will be done outside Mass, we require everyone to wear masks and social distance during the Rite of Baptism. Failure to adhere may cause a delay, or the termination of the Rite.
The Baptism class is conducted via Zoom, email addresses and phone numbers are necessary for the Baptism team to contact the Parents and Godparents to join in the class. Failure to participate may cause a delay in the child’s Baptism.
The Rite of Baptism will take place in the middle of the Church, with little movement. The number of children being Baptized is limited to is two (2) during a given Date.
Zoom Class: February 6, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: February 13, 2021 – 10:00 AM
March 2021 (No Baptisms during Lent)
Zoom Class: April 17, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: April 24, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Zoom Class: May 15, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: May 22, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Zoom Class: June 12, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: June 19, 2021 – 10:00 AM
July 2021 (No Baptism)
Zoom Class: August 14, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: August 21, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Zoom Class: September 11, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: September 18, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Zoom Class: October 9,. 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: October 16, 2021 – 10:00 AM
Zoom Class: November 13, 2021 – 9:00 to 11:00 AM
Date of Baptism: November 20, 2021 – 10:00 AM
December 2021 (No Baptism during Advent)
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 via mail or in person to: Baptismal Registration for St. Mary’s Basilica
Parochial Vicar and Baptism Coordinator
Fr. Edward Sarrazin, OFM
St. Mary’s Basilica
231 N 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004