• The Sacrament of Baptism
     
     
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    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 Jill Fink 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 first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the School Conference Room.

    If you need more information about Baptism, please contact Jill Fink at jill.fink@stodilia.org or call her at 651-415-3331. 

    For Spanish Baptism information, and registration, Please contact Sandy Cortez at 651-415-3365. 
    Click Here for Spanish Baptism and Preparation Class Dates.
     
     
    Saturday Baptism Preparation Class 2020-2021 Dates 
      
    • June 20, 2020
    • July 11, 2020
    • Aug 1, 2020
    • Sept 19, 2020
    • Apr 10, 2021
    • May 1, 2021
    • June 5, 2021
    • Jan 9, 2021
    • Feb 6, 2021
    • Mar 6, 2021
    • Oct 3, 2020
    • Nov 7, 2020
    • Dec 5, 2020
      

     
    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 Jill Fink for a private class.   


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    Baptisms are usually celebrated two Sundays per month at 3:00 PM. This service is not a Mass and lasts about one hour. Our Deacon usually presides at this service. 
     
    3:00 PM Sunday Afternoon Baptism 2020-2021 Dates             
     
    • June 7 & 28
    • July 12 & 26
    • Aug 9 & 23
    • May 2 & 23, 2021
    • June 13 & 27, 2021

     

    • Jan 17 & 24, 2021
    • Feb 7 & 21, 2021
    • Mar 7, 2021
    • Apr 18 & 25, 2021
    • Sept 20 & 27
    • Oct 11 & 25
    • Nov 8 and 22
    • Dec 6
     
      
     


     

       
     
     
     
    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 2020-2021 Dates  
     
    • Jun 20 & 21
    • Jul 11 & 12
    • Aug 22 & 23
    • Apr 24 & 25, 2021
    • May 8 & 9, 2021
    • Jun 19 & 20, 2021

     

    • Jan 9 & 10, 2021
    • Feb 6 & 7, 2021
    • Mar 13 & 14, 2021
    • Sept 5 & 6
    • Oct 24 & 25
    • Nov 14 & 15
    • Dec 12 & 13
     
       
     
     

     
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    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.
     
    Please refer to the dates offered above for the class and baptisms to record when you register.  You can e-mail additional details as they become available. 

    For Spanish Baptism Registration, please contact Sandy Cortez at 651-415-3365 or cortez@stodilia.org. 

    If you need more information about Baptism at St. Odilia, please contact Jill Fink by email at jill.fink@stodilia.org or phone at 651-415-3331.