Baptism

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Prerequisite

Baptism is the gateway to the rest of the sacraments of the Church, and as such, ensuring that families are properly disposed to introduce their child(ren) to a sacramental life is essential.

Therefore, parents wishing to have their child(ren) baptized at St Lawrence must be REGISTERED, REGULARLY ATTEND, and ACTIVELY SUPPORT(either with Envelopes or Faith Direct) the parish for at least 3 months in order to schedule a baptismal date. Anonymous contributions are not verifiable. You are required to have a meeting with Father Bob before a date can be confirmed. This meeting is required whether the child is being baptized in St Lawrence parish or at another church.

Baptism Faith Sessions in 2017-2018

The Faith Session is a gathering of a small number of couples in preparation of the Baptism of their babies, it is a small information sharing session where parishioners meet one another and share their ideas on Baptism.

Unless otherwise noted, the Baptism Faith Sessions are scheduled for 9:30am on Saturdays. Please see the following schedule:

  • September 9th
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October 7th
  • November 18th
  • December 2nd
  • January 6th, 2018
  • February 3rd, 2018
  • April 7th, 2018
  • May 5th, 2018
  • June 2nd, 2018

For more information, please call the parish office at 201-659-2276.

Families should start the process at least 9 months in advance of the desired date for baptism.

The Godparent/Sponsor

The Sacrament of Baptism requires the selection of at least one official Godparent/Sponsor, but two (one from each sex) can serve. Parents should ensure that the person(s) they desire to serve in this role for their children actually qualify BEFORE asking them. No more than two official Sponsors can be listed in the baptismal register, however parents can ceremonially name as many Godparents as they like.

Because Sponsors serve in an important and official role not only for the child(ren) but also for the Church, they must:

  1. Be at least be 16 years of age themselves;
  2. Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist;
  3. Live a life in harmony with the Church, which means they actively practice their faith, support and are involved in the life of their parish.

Parishioners from St Lawrence Church seeking to serve as Sponsors will be known to our parish staff and should complete this form entitled Requesting a Sponsor Certificate.

Those who live in other parishes must be able to get a sealed Sponsor Certification, signed by the Pastor of their home parish or the Pastor from the parish where they actually practice their faith.

Parents must ensure that the Sponsor(s) qualify before submitting the name because those who cannot present the official certification will not be able to serve as an official Sponsor but may be able to serve as a Witness.

Scheduling the Baptism

Please keep in mind that baptisms are not scheduled during Advent and Lent. A listing of ceremonies can be found below. Please do not make any definite reservations until you have received the confirmation letter for the baptismal date.

Schedule for 2017

Baptisms may be scheduled during all regular Sunday masses (except during Advent and Lent).

To schedule a date for baptism and/or request to have baptism elsewhere, please download, complete and return this form along with at least one sponsor form and a copy of the child’s birth certificate to the parish office at:

St Lawrence
22 Hackensack Ave
Weehawken, New Jersey 07086

All requests for Baptism forms must be submitted with at least one original church sealed sponsor form and a copy of the birth certificate of the child. Dates are only confirmed once all documents are submitted and all requirements are met.

Thank you for your kind understanding.

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