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Baptism

  1. Baptisms in English at Saint Ferdinand’s take place on the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. with a limit of ten per ceremony (unless otherwise indicated). Also, on the day of the baptism for your child, please be punctual. Due to the services that usually follow, we will not be able to wait for you and your family.
  2. Baptismal classes take place at Saint Ferdinand’s in the Library. To attend this class, parents and godparents must pre-register at St. Ferdinand’s Parish office. On the day of registration you will be given the dates of the class.
    • Do not bring children to the baptismal class. This day is for you. If you bring Children, you would be asked to reschedule your class.
    • Participants will receive a card stating that you attended the class.
    • Participants need to remain for the entire class.
    • There is a $30 fee for anyone taking the class to baptize at another Parish.
  3. Items needed to have your child baptized at St. Ferdinand:
    • Registration takes place every Tuesday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • You need to bring the birth certificate of your child when you come to register. NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • The fee is $50.00 per child. CASH ONLY. This fee is to be paid on the day of registration. (It is not refundable)
    • Both parents and godparents need to attend a pre-baptismal class and personally sign in their name. No substitutes will be accepted.
    • Godparents should be practicing Catholics, persons who take their faith seriously and are able to see the importance of baptism. Godparents build on having a caring relationship with the child as well as guiding the child through their faith.
    • Godparents should have received their First Communion and Sacrament of Confirmation and if married it must be by Catholic Church. Certificates of Confirmation are required.
    • Couples not married by the Catholic Church may not be godparents. Couples who are married should bring marriage certificate by church or name of church for verification.
    • Parents not married by the Catholic Church need to attend a workshop. That date will be given to the parents the day of registration.
  4. Parents & Godparents out of the area need to obtain a letter of recommendation from the parish to which they belog in order to act as godparents at our parish.
  5. We simply ask that you respect the dignity and holiness of the Sacrament by not putting over importance to the taking of pictures during the actual ceremony. There is plenty of time to take pictures before and after the ceremony. You need to inform your family and friends of this policy.
  6. Date for baptism can not be set until all requirements are completed.
  7. After both parents and godparents have read all the above information and agree on all requirements then you may proceed to register.

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