Parents must be members of St. James for at least 3 months or have their pastor’s permission to have their child baptized at St. James. Parents must also attend our pre-baptism class.
Click here for our Baptism Preparation Packet. Please call the Parish Office for more information regarding the requirements and policies of baptism.
Baptism Preparation Online instruction
We are using the Belonging online course through Ascension Press for our baptismal preparation course. To access the Belonging, Certification Course please use the button below…
The cost is $9.95. Once you have completed the course you will be sent a certificate. Please forward that certificate to email@example.com and I will reach out to you to arrange the date and time of your child’s Baptism.
Some additional notes of importance:
You will need to complete the online registration forms if you haven’t already. You can find that using the button below…
Please be aware that it is customary to offer the priest or deacon a stipend for performing the Baptism. ($50 is the usual amount given.)
***Photos and videos of the Baptism are welcomed as long as the Sacramental Rite is not interrupted in any way.
The practice of infant Baptism is an immemorial tradition of the Church. There is explicit testimony to this practice from the second century on, and it is quite possible that, from the beginning of the apostolic preaching, when whole “households” received baptism, infants may also have been baptized. (1252)