Guidelines for the Sacrament of Baptism (PDF)

If you are interested in having a child baptized, or in being baptized yourself, your first step would be to either attend our Sunday Services (at either 8AM or 10AM) or contact Fr. Michael Knight via email – michaelknight@sstephen.org or call the Church Office at (610) 461-0490.

There is no age requirement for Baptism.  Infants to adults are welcome as candidates.

Candidates can be baptized on any Sunday morning.

Once a date has been decided upon, a pre-baptismal instruction appointment will be made for Fr. Michael to meet with you and the Sponsors/Godparents.

A Baptismal candidate must have at least 1 sponsor.  Parents often elect to have multiple Sponsors/Godparents for infants and younger children.  Sponsors/Godparents must be at least 16 years old.  You may have “honorary sponsors” younger than 16 years old.

Your Sponsors/Godparents must be baptized and have proof (a baptismal certificate or letter from the church where they were baptized) with them at the pre-baptismal instruction appointment.

The role of the Sponsors/Godparents for a child’s baptism:

  • They should maintain a special relationship with the child
  • Be an active member of a parish
  • Practice their Christian faith in a way you admire.

A Sponsor/Godparent is not a legal guardian in the event of a parent’s death, unless that person has been given guardianship in a will!!