Congratulations on the birth of your child! The Catholic Church and our faith community share in your joy as you bring forth your child to the Sacrament of Baptism. At St. Mary's Church, we honor your roles as parents/guardians and seek to support you in the faith development of your child and family. If you live in the Stillwater area, we ask you to register in our parish community and partake in our sacramental and community life here.
In addition to registration, a Baptism preparation class is required for all new parents/guardians. This class will prepare you on the theology of the sacrament, study the Rite of Baptism you will celebrate, and chart a course toward fulfilling the vow of raising your child in the Faith. (If you have attended this class at our parish within the past three years, you do not need to repeat the class). The preparation class is about 45 to 60 minutes in length and will take place on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Baptism are normally held on the third Sunday of each month after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
To register your child for baptism, please complete the Baptism Request Form and mail or email to Flo Harris. You will also need to submit a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the Parish Office. The number of baptisms each Sunday is limited and Flo will let you know which dates are available.
Choosing Godparents: Parents must choose a least one godparent; there may be two, one of each gender. Godparents must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age and confirmed in the Catholic Church and if married, their marriage needs to have been recognized as sacramental in the Catholic Church. Godparents should complete the godparent covenant form and return it to the parish office. A person baptized in another Christian faith may stand as a Christian witness.
If you have any questions, please contact the St. Mary's Parish Office at 651-439-1270.