Baptisms are conducted on the Third Sunday of the month at 12:30 PM in the Main Church.
The parish family of St. John the Baptist welcomes your child with great joy into the faith community of Jesus. Baptism is the fundamental and most important of the sacraments because through baptism we become adopted children of God and sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ.
The baptism of your child is the most important day in his or her spiritual life and we want to do all we can to make that a very special day. The responsibility you are undertaking in asking the Church to baptize your child is a serious one and we are here to help assist and prepare you for that undertaking.
As part of that preparation we invite you and the godparents to share in an evening of prayer, learning and teaching about what baptism means to the Church and to you. We ask you to prayerfully read and carefully study the booklet you received before coming to the evening of preparation and please bring the book with you. Come prepared to renew and deepen your own faith, prepare spiritually for your child's entrance into the faith community of the Church and share with other parents in celebrating the great gift of God's own life, which begins, with the sacrament of baptism.
The formation program is offered quarterly, on Sunday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, in the classroom of the St. John Neumann Center, which is just off the lower parking lot to the left of the main Church building. This program is required before we celebrate the baptism of your child, although if you have already participated in it before, here, at St. John's, it is not required. We do, however, strongly urge you to participate in it again as a way to renew and strengthen your own Catholic faith. Feel free to bring the newborn, if that is necessary.
GODPARENTS: As role models to the child, godparents should be active, involved Catholics. If they are from another parish, they will need a note or sponsor form from their pastor certifying that they are practicing Catholics. Please share these resources (Parish Guildines for Choosing Godparents For The Sacrament of Infant Baptism) and the Baptismal Guidelines with them and also invite them to come to the formation program with you, especially if they live nearby.
It is customary to give a donation of your choice to the presiding priest or deacon.
If you have any questions about the idea of the preparation program, the options for baptism, godparents, special situations or any other related questions, please call the church office. We look forward to working with you to build up your family and the parish family in faith.
As mentioned above, parents are to be examples to their children by being registered, active members of the Parish. Parents are required to attend a Preparation Class. Arrangements must be made two months in advance. Please contact the Parish Office via email or phone (717 235-2156).
The Baptism Formation Team
Rev. Robert Nugent S.D.S., Resident Adjunct Clergy
Saturday: 5:00 pm
Sunday: 7:30, 9:00 & 11:00 am
Monday - Saturday
9:00 am - Main Church*
*Weekday Mass held in the Historic Church from October thru May
St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church
315 N. Constitution Avenue, New Freedom, PA 17349
Phone: 717.235.2156 Fax: 717.235.8595