Infant Baptism


Congratulations on being new parents! One responsibility of being a parent is sharing your faith with your children. To assist new parents as they begin this responsibility, we offer this required class for members of the Paulist Center Community. We also welcome to this baptism preparation class, parents or prospective Godparents who are members of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The preparation program includes:

  • A presentation on the history and theology of baptism
  • Explanation of the ritual signs and symbols used in the Sacrament of Baptism
  • Discussion of the roles of parents and Godparents

This preparation class is offered on the 3rd Saturday of odd months (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.) In light of the pandemic and health concerns, our classes will be held via the Zoom platform.

For more information or to register for the class, please contact Fr. Chuck Cunniff, 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?

    To keep everyone safe and healthy, the Paulist Center is following the current health restrictions of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston. We will work with the family to schedule a small family celebration of the sacrament on a Saturday at Noon. Contact Fr. Chuck Cunniff, CSP for more information or to schedule a baptism.

  • 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.