BaptismBaptisms are held on the second and fourth Sundays at 12:45 p.m. (following the 11:30 a.m. Mass). To arrange a baptism please contact the parish office at 724-935-1151 at least one month prior to the intended date.

Pre-Baptism Preparation Class

Parents must take a pre-baptism preparation class. These are held on the second Monday of even-numbered months (February, April, June, August, October, December) from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. in the school. Please call the parish office at 724-935-1151 to pre-register for a class. Parents who have previously attended classes do not need to attend again.

Couples should attend this class before the baby is born. It is suggested that the child be baptized as soon as possible.

Classes may be taken at any Catholic parish. For your convenience, here’s a schedule for North Hills parishes:

BAPTISM PREP CLASSES for NORTH HILLS PARISHES
St. Alexis: Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. (bi-monthly/odd months)
St. Alphonsus: 2nd Monday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (bi-monthly/even months)
St. Catherine of Sweden: Sundays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. (bi-monthly/odd months)
St. Ferdinand – Mondays, 7-8 p.m. (bi-monthly/odd months)
St. John Neumann – Middle Sunday, 10:30-Noon (monthly)
Sts. John and Paul – Sundays, Noon-1 p.m. (bi-monthly/even months)
St. Kilian – No classes currently scheduled
St. Richard – 2nd Tuesday (bi-monthly/even months)
St. Sebastian – 2nd Wednesday (monthly)

Selecting A Godparent

Since baptism is the initial, foundational sacrament in the life of a Catholic, great care must be taken in deciding who will serve as a godparent.

The selection of a godparent should be based upon who would provide the best example of Catholic living for the child and not merely for reasons of maintaining family harmony. A godparent is chosen for the well-being and faith development of the child.

These guidelines are meant to assist parents in making a decision as to who will fulfill this critical role for their child.

  • To be a godparent for baptism, an individual must be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years of age and have received the Sacraments of Initiation (i.e. Baptism, Holy Communion and Confirmation).
  • If this person is married, then the marriage must be a valid, sacramental marriage (i.e. one recognized and blessed by the Catholic Church).
  • The potential godparent must be registered in a Catholic parish and able to obtain from his or her parish priest a letter of eligibility to be a godparent.
  • Only one godparent—a man or a woman—is required by church law. However, if two godparents are selected (the more common practice), then there must be one man and one woman chosen. In other words, a child cannot have two men or two women as godparents.
  • In extraordinary situations when two Catholic godparents cannot be found, then a baptized person who belongs to another Christian denomination (e.g. Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian) may serve as a Christian Witness. However, former Catholics who have left the Catholic Church for another Christian denomination are not permitted to serve as Christian Witnesses.

The above information on godparents is provided by the Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, may not be changed.