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Online Baptism Registration Available. 
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The Sacrament of Baptism

"Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: 
Therefore . . . we are members one of another."  
Ephesians 4:25

Baptism incorporates us into the Church.

Welcome to Baptism at the
Catholic Community of St. Odilia!  
This is a special time in your family.   
Let us help as you plan to celebrate this
beautiful Sacrament in our parish.    


You can register online today to start the process for baptism even if you don't know all the details just yet. 
The first question usually asked is "Do we need the class?"   
Baptism Preparation Class is required to receive this Sacrament.

If you have attended a class within 3 years HERE at St. Odilia,
you do not need to attend again

If you have not celebrated the Sacrament of Baptism
HERE at St. Odilia within the past 3 years, you 
MUST attend a Baptism Preparation Class at St. Odilia. 

You may attend the class before or after your child’s birth.  Babies are
always welcome at the class if other arrangements cannot be made.   

Baptism Preparation Class is usually held the second Tuesday
of each month from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the
Parish Conference Room just off the main parish entrance.

Tuesday Baptism Preparation Class Dates
2017 Dates
November 14
December 12
2018 Dates

January 9     February 13
March 13     April 10
May 8     June 12

Both parents are encouraged to attend this class
but only one is required.  Godparents are not
required to attend this class.  
If parents cannot attend one of the above dates
due to work or extenuating circumstances, 
contact Lucy Arimond for a private class.   
Baptisms are usually celebrated 2 Sundays a month at 3:00. 
This service is NOT a Mass. It lasts about one hour. 
Our Deacon usually presides at this service

3:00 Sunday Afternoon Baptism Dates

2017 Dates
November 12 (full), 26
December 3, 17
2018 Dates
January 14, 28
February 4, 25
March 4, 18
April 8, 22
May 6, 20
June 10, 24

Baptism during Mass: 
If you are a registered member of St. Odilia,

you are welcome to celebrate Baptism during a liturgy. 
These Baptisms take place one weekend per month
during our 5:00, 9:00 or 11:00 Masses. 

2017 Baptisms During Mass Dates
November 18
December 16/17
2018 Dates

January 13 (full) /14
February 24/25
March 10/11
April 14/15
May 12/13
June 16/17

Please register online below following the yellow link to
begin the process of baptism at St. Odilia. 
What about godparents? 
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states "...the godfather and godmother... must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized—child or adult—on the road of Christian life" (#1255).
This is the Church's way of saying that being a godparent is truly a ministry in the Church, and not simply an honor.

The essential question to consider when choosing godparents is:
Who can best help us raise this child in faith?

Please use the following criteria when choosing a godparent:
  • Only one godparent is actually required.
  • That person must be a practicing Catholic. 
  • That person must have received First Communion and Confirmation.
  • The other godparent may be a baptized Christian of another Christian denomination.
  • The usual number of godparents is two, but up to two more may be named. Their names will be on the Baptismal Certificate.
  • However, only two names are used in the official church record.
  • If two are used, they must be a man and woman.
  • Proxy godparents are permitted when actual godparents cannot attend.  Maybe, for instance, your sister in New York is too far away to be with you at the ceremony.  She can be named as a godparent and then a proxy godparent could stand in for her during the ceremony.  The proxy name would also be on the certificate.
  • Most importantly, consider that the godparents are people who can be effective support to you as a parent as you raise your child in the Catholic faith.

Make note of the dates offered above
for the class and baptisms 
to enter when you register if possible.  
You can always email Lucy Arimond
with more details later on. 


Register online at the following link:
Click here for the St. Odilia
Baptism Registration Link
For Baptisms in Spanish please contact Deacon Bill Carroll at 651-415-3313.

If you need more information about Baptism at St. Odilia,
please contact Lucy Arimond
 by email at 
or phone at 651-415-3331.



The Gift of a Child 
Dear God, I thank You for the gift of this child to raise,
this life to share, this mind to help mold,
this body to nurture, and this spirit to enrich.
Let me never betray this child's trust,
dampen this child's hope, or discourage this child's dreams.

Help me, dear God, to help this precious child
become all You mean him to be.
Let Your grace and love fall on him like gentle breezes
and give him inner strength
and peace and patience for the journey ahead. Amen.

~~  Marian Wright Edelman 


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