As the first in the Catholic Church's Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism is a time of special joy and blessing for each family. In seeking baptism for their child, parents make a public promise to journey with them, to be their first teachers, and to offer a guiding hand. In baptism, a child will be welcomed into our Church family. Because as members of the Church we are all connected to each other, St. Therese Parish Community is committed to partner with the family in nurturing the faith of a child. We provide families with the resources, guidance, and Sacramental preparation needed to continue to raise your child in the Christian Faith.
The first step in arranging a baptism is to be sure the parents are registered parishioners - if you are not registered yet, Parish Registration forms are on the Main Page of the Website or are located at any parish office (School, Religious Ed, Parish Office or in the church sacristy). After filling it out, just mail it to the Parish Office. Newly registered families will need to wait 3 months before scheduling the baptism. If you are registered and active at a different parish, but would like to have your baptism here at St. Therese, please provide a letter of permission from your current parish.
In order to schedule a baptism, parents make arrangements through the staff in the Parish Office. To help understand the full meaning of baptizing a child in the Catholic faith, all first-time parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class. Baptism prep classes are held on the last Monday of each month and led by one of our priests. Pre-Registration is required.
Baptisms for Infants are scheduled at St. Therese on two Sunday's per month at 1:30pm. The Rite of Baptism normally takes about 45-60 minutes and we schedule no more than 4 babies per Sunday. If your child is more than 12 months old a separate baptism will occur on our desginated dates, but at 2:30pm.
For more information or to schedule a baptism, call the Parish Office at 973-584-8271.
Parent Preparation Class Dates
7:30pm in the Church
Upcoming Baptism Dates
Sunday at 1:30pm
July 10 & 17
August 7 & 21
September 11 & 18
October 2 & 16
November 6 & 20
February 5 & 19
March 5 & 19
May 7 & 21
**Dates are subject to change, please contact the rectory office to confirm availability.
Affective July 1, 2014, all sponsors for Baptism need to fill out a Sponsor Form. This form needs to be completed by the sponsor and sent to the St. Therese Rectory Office 1 month prior to the scheduled baptism date. St. Therese members need to have their membership verified to be eligible to be a sponsor. Please read the sponsor form BEFORE selecting your potential Godparents!!