The Sacrament of Baptism
Congratulations on receiving a child into your life! The Catholic Church shares in your joy as you bring forth the child to the Sacrament of Baptism. Here at St. Odilia, we look forward to partnering with you toward a meaningful preparation and inspiring celebration.
All ages are welcome for baptism. The formation for the sacrament and process varies by the age of the person to be baptized. Age 7+ enters the RCIC process. Age 18+ enters the RCIA process.
There are several steps in the process of having your child(ren) baptized:
To begin the process, fill out the bilingual Baptism Registration Form. This information will give us a snapshot of your family and how we can best serve you. The Baptism Coordinator will contact you to go through the rest of the process.
Baptism Preparation Class
The Baptism Preparation Class is offered once a month on Saturday morning from 10:00 am until noon. We offer two classes during this time, one in English and one in Spanish. Enter Door 2 (main school entrance) and an Assistant will direct you to the class.
The class is required for parents/guardians.
At this class we will review the theology of the Sacrament of Baptism, look deeper at the Rite of Baptism and the sacramentals celebrated, give orientation on the celebration options, discuss the role of parents, godparents and the church community and finally give clarity on any forms and fees needed.
If you have attended a class within the last three years at St. Odilia and are an active parishioner, you do not have to repeat the class, but are most welcome to attend. Godparents are not required to attend but are warmly invited.
The class can be taken before or after the child is born.
RSVP for the class by indicating on the Baptism Registration Form or by clicking here to email Jill Fink or call her at 651-415-3331. For translations of español, contact Sandy Cortez at 651-415-3365 or click here to email her.
Schedule for Baptism Preparation Classes
Saturday at 10:00 am to noon
2020 dates: December 5
2021 dates: January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 1
For children ages 2 to 6, a Parent/Child orientation session is required to help the child prepare well for their baptism. Parents can schedule this for their child after attending the Baptism Preparation Class with Jill Fink, 651-415-3331 or click here to email her.
Parish Registration and Sacrament Fee
Sacramental fees helps offset incurred expenses for the program.
$40 per child for registered parishioner
$80 per child for non-registered parishioner
No family is ever turned away for financial reasons. Please contact Jill Fink to make arrangements.
- Pay by credit card, cash or check (payable to St. Odilia) at the Baptism Preparation Class or by contacting Linda Duerr 651-415-3329 or click here to email her.
- You can also mail your payment to our office at 3495 N. Victoria Street, Shoreview, MN 55126
Baptismal Celebration Options
Baptism Celebrated in the English Language
Sunday Baptism Schedule
Baptisms are typically celebrated two Sundays per month at 3:00 PM. This service is outside of Mass and lasts about one hour. We are currently limiting each celebration to up to two families due to Pandemic liturgical directives and safety procedures. Each family can have up to 20 guests. Social distancing is between households throughout the church in designated pews. Review our Coming Together Safely Plan for Celebrating Baptism for more information.
2020 dates: November 22 (full), December 6
2021 dates: January 17 & 24, February 7 & 21, March 7, April 18 & 25, May 2 & 23
For children ages 2 to 6, a Parent/Child orientation session is required to help the child prepare well for their baptism. Parents can schedule this for their child after attending the Baptism Preparation Class with Jill Fink. Click here to email her or call her at 651-415-3331.
Baptism During Mass
If you are a registered member of St. Odilia, you are welcome to celebrate Baptism during a liturgy. These Baptisms take place one weekend per month during our Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am or 1:00pm (Spanish) Masses.
2020 dates: November 14 & 15, December 12 & 13.
2021 dates: January 9 & 10, February 6 & 7, March 13 & 14, April 24 & 25, May 8 & 9
Baptism Celebrated in the Spanish Language
Saturday Baptism Schedule
Baptisms are typically celebrated one Saturday per month at 11:00 AM. This service is outside of Mass and lasts about one hour. We are currently limiting each celebration to three to four families due to Pandemic liturgical directives and safety procedures.
2020 dates: November 28
2021 dates: January 23, February 27, March 20, April 10, May 22
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states "...the godfather and godmother... must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—on the road of Christian life" (#1255). This is the Church's way of saying that being a godparent is truly a ministry in the Church, and not simply an honor.
The essential question to consider when choosing godparents is:
Who can best help us raise this child in faith?
Please use the following criteria when choosing a godparent:
- Only one godparent is required but you can name two – a godmother and a godfather; one male and one female. Cannon Law
- A godparent must be 16 years of age or older, a confirmed, practicing member of the Catholic Church.
- The church allows for a Christian Witness, a baptized Christian (non-Catholic) to serve as a witness at the ceremony in addition to the named Catholic godparent.
- If you are in need of a godparent, we will be happy to help find for your child a godparent within our faith community.
- If a godparent is not able to attend the baptism ceremony, a proxy godparent can be named. The name of the proxy is noted in the baptismal record.
- The role of the godparent is to support the mission of the parents in raising the child in the Catholic faith. You will want to look for prayerful disciples to best support you and your child.
For more information about Baptism,
click here to email Jill Fink or call 651-415-3331
For Spanish Baptism Information,
click here to email Sandy Cortez or call 651-415-3365