• The Sacrament of Baptism

    Welcome to Baptism
    at the Catholic Community of St. Odilia!  
    This is a special time in your family. Let us help as you plan to celebrate this beautiful Sacrament in our parish. 
    Note that if your child has reached the age of seven, or older, the Catholic Church has an entirely different process for preparing your child for baptism; please contact Lucy Arimond for information about baptism for these older children.
    You can register online today to start the process for baptism even if you don't know all the details just yet. The first question usually asked is "Do we need the class?" Baptism Preparation Class is required to receive this Sacrament.

    If you have attended a class within 3 years at St. Odilia, you do not need to attend again. If you have not celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Odilia within the past 3 years, you must attend a Baptism Preparation Class. 

    You may attend the class before or after your child’s birth. Babies are always welcome at the class if other arrangements cannot be made.   

    Baptism Preparation Class is usually held the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Conference Room just off the main parish entrance.

    If you need more information about Baptism, please contact Lucy Arimond at arimond@stodilia.org or 651-415-3331. 

    For Spanish Baptism information, and registration, Please contact Deacon Bill at 651-415-3313. Click Here for Spanish Baptism and Preparation Class Dates.
    Tuesday Baptism Preparation Class 2019-2020 Dates 
    • May 14th
    • June 11th
    • July 9th
    • August 13th
    • May 12th, 2020
    • June 9th, 2020
    • January 14th
    • February 11th
    • March 10th
    • April 14th
    • September 10th
    • October 8th
    • November 12th
    • December 10th

    Both parents are encouraged to attend this class but only one is required. Godparents are not required to attend this class. If parents cannot attend one of the above dates due to work or other circumstances, contact Lucy Arimond for a private class.   

    Baptisms are usually celebrated two Sundays a month at 3:00PM. This service is not a Mass and lasts about one hour. Our Deacon usually presides at this service. 

    3:00 PM Sunday Afternoon Baptism 2019-2020 Dates 
    • May 5th & 19th
    • June 2nd & 23rd (Full)
    • July 7th & 28th
    • Aug. 11th & 25th
    • May 3rd & 31st, 2020
    • June 7th & 28th, 2020


    • Jan. 19th & 26th
    • Feb. 2nd & 9th
    • Mar. 8th & 22nd
    • Apr. 26th
    • Sept. 22nd & 29th
    • Oct. 13th & 27th
    • Nov. 10th & 24th
    • Dec. 1st
    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 5:00, 9:00 or 11:00 Masses. 
    Baptisms During Mass 2019-2020 Dates
    • June 15th & 16th
    • July 20th & 21st
    • Aug. 24th & 25th
    • Mar. 21st & 22nd
    • Apr. 25th & 26th
    • May 9th & 10th


    • Dec. 14th & 15th
    • Jan. 11th & 12th
    • Feb. 15th & 16th
    • Sept. 21st & 22nd
    • Oct. 26th & 27th
    • Nov. 9th & 10th
    Please register online below following the yellow link to
    begin the process of baptism at St. Odilia. 

     What about godparents? 

    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 actually required.
    • That person must be a practicing Catholic. 
    • That person must have received First Communion and Confirmation.
    • The other godparent may be a baptized Christian of another Christian denomination.
    • The usual number of godparents is two, but up to two more may be named. Their names will be on the Baptismal Certificate.
    • However, only two names are used in the official church record.
    • If two are used, they must be a man and woman.
    • Proxy godparents are permitted when actual godparents cannot attend.  Maybe, for instance, your sister in New York is too far away to be with you at the ceremony.  She can be named as a godparent and then a proxy godparent could stand in for her during the ceremony.  The proxy name would also be on the certificate.
    • Most importantly, consider that the godparents are people who can be effective support to you as a parent as you raise your child in the Catholic faith.
    Make note of the dates offered above for the class and baptisms to record when you register if possible.  You can always email Lucy Arimond with more details later on. 

    For Spanish Baptism Registration, Please contact Deacon Bill at 651-415-3313. 

    If you need more information about Baptism at St. Odilia, please contact Lucy Arimond by email at arimond@stodilia.org or phone at 651-415-3331. Sarah Hansen is also able to answer questions about Baptism at hansen@stodilia.org. 

    The Gift of a Child 
    Dear God, I thank You for the gift of this child to raise,
    this life to share, this mind to help mold,
    this body to nurture, and this spirit to enrich.
    Let me never betray this child's trust,
    dampen this child's hope, or discourage this child's dreams.

    Help me, dear God, to help this precious child
    become all You mean him to be.
    Let Your grace and love fall on him like gentle breezes
    and give him inner strength
    and peace and patience for the journey ahead. Amen.

    ~~  Marian Wright Edelman