What is Baptism?
The sacrament of Holy Baptism is the basis of Christian life, the gateway to life in the Holy Spirit and the door that gives us access to the other sacraments. In the Catholic Church, children are baptized to welcome them into the Catholic faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with.
How do we prepare for the Baptism of our child?
- The first step is to contact the St. Pius X Church parish secretary to schedule the Baptism date, by calling (518) 462-1336.
- The second step is to register for and attend one of our baptism preparation classes that are held twice a month at the church. Registration for class is completed online via our website using a link that we will send to you by email.
- Once you submit this form electronically, we will email you confirming the date you have chosen.
At what age is it customary to baptize my child?
Most parents have their child baptized in the first few months of the child’s life, typically between 3 and 9 months of age. However, no matter what age, it is never too late to have your child baptized so please contact the parish office with any questions you may have.
Who can serve as the Godparents for my child?
Godparents are called to be role models for your child in terms of faith and to provide them with a good example of Christian living. A godparent serves as a Christian witness and role model by regularly, actively, and authentically practicing the faith. Parents are encouraged to select godparents who are sincere in this lifetime commitment. At least one godparent needs to be Catholic who has been baptized and confirmed. The other godparent could be a “Christian witness” (a non-Catholic Christian).
What are the requirements to have my child baptized?
The only requirement is that parents will make a commitment to raise their child in the practice of the faith by bringing them to mass regularly, attending religious education classes and receiving First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.
What about single parents or parents not married in the Catholic Church?
St. Pius X welcomes every parent to bring their child forward for baptism; no matter what their circumstances may be. Parents who are not married in the Catholic Church might consider the possibility of having their marriage convalidated or blessed in the church, and parish staff will gladly assist in that process. However, it is not necessary for baptizing your child.
Is there a fee?
There is no fee for baptizing your child. It is our gift to you.
How about taking pictures and videos?
The family is welcome to take photos and video of the Baptism liturgy for the purpose of recording this very special event in the life of the child to be baptized. We suggest that a member of the family or a friend be designated to take the photos and video, and not the parents or godparents, whose role is to participate in the liturgy.
How should we dress our baby/child?
At baptism the church wraps new members in a white garment – a sign of acceptance and belonging in the community of faith. The garment is white, like Jesus’ light, and covers us from head to toe. The child is dressed in this garment during the rite of baptism – a visible sign of Jesus’ light and life now present in the child.
For infants, parents typically chose a white baptismal gown, however, this is not required. For toddlers and young children, good options include a white shirt for a boy and a white dress or blouse for a girl.
Will we receive a baptism certificate?
Yes. The parish will provide you with a baptism certificate for your child.