Baptism Preparation FAQ
What is required of the parents who wish to have their child Baptized at St. Francis of Assisi?
To baptize in the Catholic church, at least one parent needs to be Catholic. Baptisms during a St. Francis of Assisi Mass are open to registered St. Francis of Assisi parishioners. Communal Baptism ceremonies are also open to families from other parishes.
Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation session once before baptizing children. Baptism Preparation sessions are held at St. Francis of Assisi one Saturday a month from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm in Founders Room.
Parents who have attended Baptism Preparation before baptizing older children are encouraged to sign up for Baptism Preparation again, as how we celebrate Baptisms at St. Francis has recently changed and we want to help everyone to be prepared for this new form.
Parents are required to provide appropriate documentation for the child’s Catholic godparent(s) before the baptism is scheduled. Information about the requirements for Godparents is available below and at the Baptism preparation session.
Parents will receive information about how to schedule their child’s baptism after attending a Baptism Preparation Session. If you have attended baptism preparation at St. Francis within the last 5 years for an older child’s baptism, click here to contact our office for scheduling requests
What is required of Catholic Godparents?
To serve as a Catholic godparent, an individual must be:
- A baptized Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation and regularly participates in the Eucharist
- Registered as an active member of a Catholic parish
- Sixteen years old or older
When you ask someone to act as a Catholic Baptismal Sponsor, please have them contact their current parish and request a Godparent form or letter of good standing. This helps affirm that the Godparent has their church’s permission to do so, and meets the above guidelines for Catholic Godparents. This form or letter is required before a baptism will be scheduled. A physical copy of this form or letter should be mailed or dropped off to:
St. Francis of Assisi
Attn: Baptism Preparation
11401 Leesville Road
Raleigh, NC 27613
Any person who was baptized in the Catholic church who wishes to serve as a godparent must meet the above requirements.
If a Godparent cannot be physically present for the Baptism, a proxy may stand in their place by the Baptismal font. The proxy is not required to provide documentation from their church, as they are giving assent on behalf of the recorded Godparent.
Can I have a Godparent who is not Catholic?
A person who was baptized in the Catholic church and has decided to leave the Catholic church of their own is not considered a Christian Witness. However, your invitation to them could be an opportunity to invite them back to participation in the Catholic church.
Are all baptisms celebrated during the Sunday liturgies?
Do not send invitations to family or friends until you have received a confirmation notice for your child’s baptism date.
Beginning in January 2017, St. Francis of Assisi will be holding up to 3 baptisms per Mass one weekend per month. This schedule is made available to families who have completed the requirements for celebrating a baptism at St. Francis of Assisi.
We will continue holding Communal Baptisms at 11:00 AM on one Saturday per month (the schedule is below).
When will Baptisms be held during Mass?
Baptisms at Mass are available one weekend per month throughout the year, excluding the season of Lent. Up to three children can be baptized each of the weekend Mass times.
DO NOT make plans for participating in a baptism at Mass until you have received official confirmation from St. Francis of Assisi. No baptism will be scheduled until the requirements set by the Diocese of Raleigh have been met.
2020 Baptisms at Mass
- January 11 & 12
- February 15 & 16
- April 12
- April 18 & 19
- May 9 & 10
- June 20 & 21
July 11 & 12
August 8 & 9
September 12 & 13
October 17 & 18
November 21 & 22
December 26 & 27
When will Communal Baptisms be held?
Communal Baptisms are held in the Church at 11:00 AM on Saturday mornings throughout the year, and are also open to non-St. Francis of Assisi parishioners with the permission of your pastor. This ceremony does not include the celebration of the Eucharist.
DO NOT make plans for participating in a communal baptism until you have received official confirmation from St. Francis of Assisi. No baptism will be scheduled until the requirements set by the Diocese of Raleigh have been met.
Communal Baptism Dates in 2020:
- January 18
- February 15
- April 25
- May 23
- June 20
Do I have to be a registered member of the parish in order to have my child baptized?
St. Francis of Assisi Parishioners are permitted to baptize their children at the Saturday 5:30 PM Mass, at the Sunday 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, or 5:30 PM Masses, or at a Communal Baptism Liturgy.
If you are registered at another parish and provide the written permission of your pastor to our Baptism office, you are permitted to baptize your child at one of our Communal Baptism Liturgies.
I'm registered at St. Francis - can my child be baptized at another church?
- Your participation in a Baptism Preparation class, and
- The approval of our pastor, Rev. Steve Patti, OFM, to hold your baptism at another church
To obtain this form, please confirm with our Stewardship Office that you are officially registered here at our parish by calling complete our New Parishioner Registration Form.x265. Otherwise our Pastor will not be able to complete this document for you. If you are not yet registered at St. Francis of Assisi, please
Once you have confirmed your registration, please complete our Attendance Verification Form for Baptism Preparation Sessions (click here). This information will help us to complete the form for your child’s church of Baptism.