“Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit”. – John 3:5

Baptism preparation for infants and toddlers:

Congratulations! We are excited about celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism for your child.

  1. Register in the Parish: Parents of the child to be baptized must be registered and active members of St. Joseph’s for at least 3 months. If you
    are not already registered you may do so after the Mass on the weekend.  To be registered you must have envelopes for the current year.  You will be required to supply your registration number.  Your registration number is the same number as the number that is assigned to your envelopes.
  2. Selecting Godparents: Godparents play a very important role in your child’s spiritual life. They should serve as role models of the faith. The child should be able to look to their godparent as an example of how the church teaches us to live our Catholic faith. They should support not only the child but you, the parents as well. Additionally, in their role as godparent, they represent the larger Church community. Therefore, being a godparent is not only an honor; it is a tremendous responsibility. Therefore, the godparents should be carefully chosen. In recognizing the importance of the godparent and their duties, the Church has provided guidelines to help parents choose the best possible godparents for their children. St. Joseph’s adheres to Canon Law in all aspects of Baptism. If potential godparents are not practicing members of the church or have converted from the Catholic faith to any other faith, they should not be considered and will not be accepted.

The Church requirements for Roman Catholic godparents are:

  • A child must have a practicing Roman Catholic godparent in good standing with the Church
  • These godparents must be at least 16 years old and be mature enough to understand, accept and carry out the duties of a godparent.
  • A godparent must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
  • A godparent must be living an exemplary life consistent with faith and morals as taught by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • A godparent must be actively practicing the faith.
  • If two godparents are chosen, they may not be of the same gender.
  • There may be no more than two godparents.
  • If both are Catholic, both must meet all the criteria above.
  1. Sponsor Certificates: All Catholic godparents (sponsors) must obtain a Sponsorship certificate from their own parish stating that they are members in good standing and are eligible to act as a Catholic Sponsor for Baptism. These certificates should be submitted to the Baptism Coordinator as soon as possible after the initial baptism registration. Without these certificates you cannot schedule your child’s Baptism. If a sponsor is registered here with St. Joseph’s they need to contact main office ext. 18 to request the certificate.  They will also need to attend a preparation class.  If a sponsor is registered at another parish, we have the forms you can give to them to take to their parish.
  2. Baptism Preparation Class: All parents are required to attend two Baptism Preparation Classes. These classes are referred to as Baptism I & II. Each one is a 60-minute class.They are held monthly.Please call Parish office to be scheduled for classes.
  3. Documents That Need to Be Supplied to Coordinator:Infants birth certificate, parent(s)  Catholic Baptism certificate (if doing a Convalidation you must have current Baptism certificate that has been issued within last 6 months) and sponsorship certificate(s).
  4. Married in Church:If you were married outside of the Church, we invite you to contact the Parish Office to start the process for Convalidation (Blessing) of your Marriage.  We will work with you so that you may possibly be able to schedule the Baptism and Convalidation on the same day.  If you are married outside of the Catholic Church or if you are not Married, you maybe required to attend additional Sacrament preparation classes.
  5. Scheduling the Baptism: Baptisms are scheduled once a month.
  6. Naming Your Child: The name you select in addition to your family name will provide your child with a unique identity. The long-standing tradition of the Church has been to give at least one name of a saint or person from our Biblical tradition. A Christian name will provide your child with a model for Christ-centered living.
  7. Pictures at the Baptism: Photographs and video at the Baptism ceremony. These are excellent means of sharing the memory of this joyous and special day with your child as he/she grows in age and faith. They will also turn out to be a good teaching tool. Please be sure to follow the instructions of the celebrant to insure that you will be getting the best pictures and not interfering with the ceremony. Anyone who is taking the pictures/video should not go onto the Altar. They can take the pictures/video from the pew and after the ceremony.
  8. Clothing and Candle: A white Christening gown is customary but not required. If a hat is worn, it should be removed for the baptism. The parish will provide a white Baptismal bib and a candle. After the ceremony they will be yours to keep as a reminder of this joyous sacrament. The candle can be burned on Baptismal anniversaries and when the child receives other sacraments in the future.
  9. Family Donation: There is no fee, however many families wish to offer a donation on the occasion of their child’s Baptism. This may be placed in an envelope and given to the Priest on the day of the baptism when you are issued your child’s baptism certificate or it may be mailed to the parish – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1501 Alafaya Trail, Orlando, Florida 32828. Please be sure to indicate that the donation is for the occasion of your child’s (name) baptism.
  10. Baptismal Record and Certificate: The baptism will be recorded in the permanent records of the parish from the information you provide. Therefore please be sure of the accuracy of information and the spelling of names. A baptism certificate will be given to you following the baptism. Later, whenever a certificate might be needed, it can be prepared from the parish record. They become permanent and historical records.  The records cannot be changed.
  11. Contact Parish Baptism Information Line:  Call (407) 275-0841 ext. 17 to receive the dates and times you can come in to fill out the initial Baptism registration form to get started.