We offer this required class free of charge if you’re a member of the Paulist Center Community. In addition, we offer the baptism preparation class as a service to those in the Archdiocese of Boston — parents or prospective godparents — who are not
members of the Paulist Center Community and are required to attend a
preparation class. We will provide a certificate of attendance to present to the
church where the child will be baptized. We ask for a donation of $20. Participants will be provided a certificate of attendance to give to the parish where they will have their child baptized.
The preparation program includes the following elements:
- A presentation of the history and theology of baptism
- Explanation of the signs and symbols
- Discussion of the parental and God-parental roles
- A walk through of the baptism ceremony
For upcoming dates and to register for the class, please contact Fr. Rick Walsh, CSP.
Infant Baptism Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to be baptized at the Paulist Center?
In addition to the children of current Paulist Center members, we will also baptize the children of families with some Paulist Center connection.
When can we have our child baptized?
Baptisms are usually celebrated during a regularly scheduled mass at the Center. Community members can arrange a baptism with either Fr. Rick Walsh or Fr. Michael McGarry.
Who can serve as a Godparent?
A godparent must be at least 16 years old and a confirmed Catholic. A child may have one or two godparents (but not more). A Christian of another denomination may serve as a “Christian witness.” While technically such a person is not a “godparent,” they are still able to provide with a good example of living the Christian life.
What is the suggested offering for a baptism at the Paulist Center?
The customary offering is $50.