Baptism is a joyous occasion not only for a family but for the church community as well.  We, at St. Joseph, are thrilled to be a part of your family’s preparation and celebration.

Baptism for infants (birth up to age seven) does involve preparation.  At our parish, the preparation begins with a family interview.  At least one parent will need to meet with the pastoral assistant responsible for baptism to discuss the sacrament and receive the necessary paperwork for the baptism.

Next, parents and godparents who have not completed a baptism preparation class in the previous five years will need to register for and attend a baptism preparation class. Baptism classes are two-part classes that meet on Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the side classrooms inside of Marian Hall on the following dates:  July 25 & August 1, 2016, October 17 & 24, 2016, February 6 & 13, 2017, and April 24 & May 1, 2017.  Please register each attendee by name and phone number by emailing to  Please note that classes with fewer than 10 pre-registered participants will be cancelled.

Upon completion of the interview, paperwork and class, parents may schedule their child’s baptismal date.  At St. Joseph, baptisms take place during the Mass time of choice on a pre-selected weekend date.  The dates that are currently scheduled are:

2016 - May 14-15, June 4-5, Aug. 6-7, Sept. 10-11, Oct. 1-2, Nov. 5-6, Dec. 3-4.
2017 - Jan. 7-8, Feb. 18-19, Apr. 22-23, and June 3-4

To schedule an interview contact Tracy Joy at 360-823-2833.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do both parents have to be Catholic?  No, but one parent must be an actively practicing Catholic.
  • How many godparents can my child have?  One or two godparents may be selected.  If two are chosen, there must be a male and a female.
  • What about non-Catholic godparents?  A family may have one non-Catholic, baptized person as a Christian Witness, but they must have a Catholic godparent of the opposite gender as well.
  • Do we have to be registered in the parish to have our child baptized?  No, but the family should be regularly worshiping in the parish community.  If the family is registered in another parish, they must have their pastor’s approval in writing for the baptism to take place at St. Joseph.
  • What if my child is older than seven years?  You and your child will need to work with Diane Boggs, Pastoral Assistant for RCIA and Marriage, on the process to bring your child into full communion. Contact Diane at 360-823-2828.  For more information about RCIA, click here.
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