Contact the Parish Office at 905-689-4857
A new baby? What joy! Older child? No problem—“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
I want to have my baby/child baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. What is the first step?
The first step is to come in to the Parish Office to pick up a Baptism Registration package.
Our office is open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 4:00pm. No appointment is necessary – simply just come and introduce yourself to begin this wonderful and joyous process!
Also, if you haven’t already, please make sure you’re registered with our Parish prior to starting this process. Registration can be found below: http://www.stthomaswaterdown.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/StThomasWaterdown_Registration_Form_2018.pdf
What is the oldest my child can be for “infant baptism”?
Children up to and including Grade Two may be baptized. Children 7 years to 12 years receive age appropriate instruction prior to the rite. Those older than 12 are directed to the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program.
What is involved in Baptism Preparation?
When families desire to have their child welcomed into the faith community through the sacrament of Baptism, a period of preparation is required. In addition to participation in the Sunday Eucharist, parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation session. Godparents are also invited and encouraged to join the parents for this catechetical meeting. Meetings will take place on the last Tuesday of every month at 7pm in the Parish Hall.
When does Baptism take place?
Baptisms can take place during any weekend mass, or on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:45pm, following the 11:30am mass.
Can our baby have more than two godparents? Can we have two godfathers or godmothers instead of a godmother and a godfather?
The role of the godparents is a religious one. They are to accompany the child in the development of his/her faith. Although as many god parents who are needed may be present, only two are recorded by the parish – one God Mother and one God Father.
Who can be godparents?
Since the godparents’ role is to assist the parents in raising the child as a Catholic, their selection is a very important decision. Canon 874 states that to serve as a godfather or a godmother, the following conditions must be met:
A baptized non-Catholic could serve with a Catholic godparent acting as a Christian witness to the baptism (meaning there would be one sponsor listed in the parish register and on the Baptism certificate; the other person would be listed as Christian witness)
Can members of all Christian denominations serve as a Christian witness along with a Catholic godparent (sponsor)?
Not always. They must be baptized themselves is a good first sign. If you are unsure about your desired witness’ religious eligibility please contact the parish office.
I am currently residing in another parish, but would like to have my baby baptized at St. Thomas the Apostle. What is required to make this happen?
We require a letter from your parish of residence stating: (a) you have attended a Baptism Preparation session (b) your pastor grants permission for your child to be baptized in this parish.
Are we allowed to take pictures during the baptism?
Yes, but they should be limited during the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism and should be taken from the pews. Following the ceremony, you may take other pictures with the priest/deacon, family members, etc. Due to the sanctity of the altar and tabernacle and their immediate surroundings, we ask that you respect and reverence this area. Videos of the ceremony should also be limited and discreet.
Are there any fees to be paid?
No. An offering of thanks to the parish is appreciated to assist with the administrative preparation, meeting materials and complimentary bib & stole garments, if needed.
A gratuity to the clergy is not obligatory, but may be customary.
Our aim is to provide the best possible understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism for families and godparents, and to help you make this a truly spiritual experience of God’s love. We wish you joy and blessings as you assume your new role as Christian guardians of the faith for your child.