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Baptism for infants and children under seven » Baptism for infants and children under seven

Baptism for infants and children under seven


This is my first time baptizing a child/children

at St. Francis Xavier...


Step 1: If you haven't already, please register as a parishioner: PARISH REGISTRATION FORM


Step 2: Register for and complete a baptismal prep class for parents.

REGISTER HERE for our baptismal prep class for parents.

All baptismal prep classes take place on Saturdays from 8:30am-12:30pm


Upcoming classes:

November 16

January 18

April 4

I've already had a child baptized at St. Francis Xavier...

Step 1: Call the Church to arrange a date for your child's baptism at 608-798-0100. 


Step 2: Fill out the Baptismal Registration Form

and have your child's godparent(s) fill out the Sponsor Form for Baptism 


Step 3: Please return both forms to the Church office two weeks prior to the baptism. 


Typically, baptisms take place either the:

- 2nd Sunday of the month during the 10:30 am Mass


- 4th Sunday of the month following the 10:30am Mass; please make sure to attend the 10:30am Mass 





When should I contact the Church?


We encourage expecting parents to sign-up for the baptismal prep class while pregnant or during the adoption process.  This ensures that you can baptize your child shortly after his/her birth.


The Church strongly encourages parents to baptize their children in the first few weeks of life (canon law 867).


For parents with small children, but ones who are no longer infants, we are excited that you want to come back to the Church and have your child welcomed into God’s family!


What does the baptismal prep class for parents involve?


The class is scheduled on a Saturday morning every few months and takes place from

8:30 am-12:30 pm at St. Francis Xavier Parish.  This is a great opportunity to meet other parents in our parish community and to learn more about your faith. 


If you are married, both parents need to come to the baptismal prep class.  It is often the case that one parent may not be Catholic; we still want them to be present at the class.


When are baptisms for infants or children under seven scheduled?


Usually baptisms take place on the second Sunday of the month at the 10:30 am Mass or on the fourth Sunday of the month immediately following the 10:30 am Mass (11:30 am).  If you are interested in another time, please contact the Parish Office.


Can I have my child baptized at St. Francis Xavier if I'm a member of a different parish?


Yes, but you need to take a baptismal prep class at your home parish and send us a certificate of completion.  You will also need to provide your home parish with a copy of the baptismal certificate. 


What’s a godparent and who can be one?


A godparent promises the Church to help raise the child in the faith by personally living a life devoted to Christ and the Church and by ensuring that the child fully participates in the sacramental life of the Church.  A godparent is meant to be a life-long mentor in the faith.


A godparent must meet the following qualifications according to canon law:

            • a practicing Catholic: attends Mass on a weekly basis and on holy days of obligation, financially supports the Church, & serves in the Church
            • in good standing with the Church (not divorced and remarried)
            • has received all the sacraments of initiation: baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist
            • 16 years old or older
            • not the child’s mother or father

Parents are permitted to choose two godparents, but only one is necessary. If two godparents are chosen, one must be female and one male.  A baptized member of another Christian community may be a “Christian witness” of the baptism, alongside a Catholic godparent.


Please let the Church staff know if you need help finding a suitable godparent.