Baptisms

General Info | Choosing Godparents | About the Preparation Class

Scheduling Baptisms

Parents who wish to have their child baptized should  arrange for the baptism of their child at least two months in advance to allow for the required preparation for this sacrament.  Parents presenting a child for baptism are expected to attend  a preparation class for parents and godparents.

  • Baptisms are held during any Sunday Mass (incl. 4pm Saturday Vigil) and in a Baptismal ceremony (outside the context of the Mass) on the second and fourth Sundays of each month at 2:30 PM from September through May and at 1 PM from June through Labor Day with the following exceptions:
  1. Due to the Sacrament of Confirmation taking place on that date there will be no Baptisms on the 4th Sunday of October (10/26)
  2. The Baptism Ceremony in November and December 2014 will be held on November 2nd, 16th, 30th, December 14th.
  3. Baptisms are NOT held during the season of Lent.

Click here to fill out a request for Baptism which will be submitted to our parish office.  You will receive an email confirmation.  Please note that to complete a request, a copy of your child’s birth certificate will be required.  This may be emailed to info@staugustineparish.org or mailed to: St. Augustine Parish, 35 Essex St., Andover, MA 01810.

Choosing Godparents

When selecting godparents for your child, please remember that the godparents represent the faith of the parish community into which the child is being baptized.  Thus, the godparent should be a strong role model and witness to the life of a Catholic Christian committed in faith to stand with the parents of the child.  Furthermore, canon law requires that a candidate for Baptism, membership in the Church community, should be sponored by a baptized and confirmed member of the Catholic Church who is willing and able to help the child develop and grow in the Catholic Faith.   There must be at least one sponsor or godparent.  In the case where there are two sponsors, one must be male and the other female.  The maximum number of sponsors is two.  The minimum age for a baptized and confirmed Catholic to be a sponsor is sixteen (16) years of age.  A baptized Christian non-Catholic may not be a sponsor but may be a witness. Non-baptized persons may not officially act as a sponosr or a witness to a Baptism of a child in the Catholic Faith.

About the Preparation Class

The Baptismal Preparation Team seeks to prepare parents for their child’s baptism with a one hour workshop that has the following goals:

  • Welcomes families to their faith community
  • Educates parents about the history, meaning, and symbolism of the Sacrament  of Baptism in the Catholic Church
  • Acquaints the parents with the rituals of the ceremony itself
  • Encourages parents and godparents to be actively involved in their faith community
  • Involves parents in a reflection of the presence of God in their lives

The workshops are usually held the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30PM in St. Augustine Church (see changes below) by Dan and Jacqueline Fague who can be reached at (978) 623-0944 or via e-mail at djf8gue@verizon.net. Please note  the following changes to the regular class schedule for 2014:

  • October 28th (instead of 10/21)
  • November 11th (instead of 11/18)

Dan and Jacqueline invite any and all interested persons to help them in this rewarding ministry. Contact them for more information.