Berlin, NJ

Sacramental Preparation

Sacrament of Baptism

In the Sacrament of Baptism, all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sin, as well as punishment for those sins, so that there is no impediment to our entry into the kingdom of God. Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ, followers of Christ. Our Parish community rejoices as we welcome a new member who will grow in faith, serve others and join us in the praise of God.

Infant Baptisms

Baptisms are celebrated on the second and third Sundays of the month at 1:30 pm. You are encouraged to attend the noon Mass and remain in the church after Mass for the baptism ceremony. [We allow no more than four children to keep the ceremony reasonably personal.] Parents are asked to call the parish office to register. Baptism class is held on the third Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Parish Life Center.

Parents (or legal guardians) must submit the Baptism class certificate, a completed baptism request form (via parish website or given out at class), a copy of the birth certificate, a letter of eligibility for each godparent.

  • There must be one godparent although two godparents (one male and one female) are preferred. Two godparents (sponsors) are recorded in the parish’s baptismal register.
  • At least one godparent must be Catholic. (An unbaptized person cannot serve as a godparent as they cannot give witness to the Catholic faith. According to Cannon law, a non-Catholic Christian is a Christian witness of the baptism.)
  • The Catholic godparent must have received the sacraments of baptism, Holy Communion (Eucharist), and Confirmation and if married, must be married validly in the Catholic Church. The godparent must be at least 16 years of age.
  • The Catholic godparents (sponsors) must obtain a godparent sponsorship form in his/her own parish.

In some cultures, and situations, it is common to have more than two godparents (sponsors). The parish will record only the names of the godparents in the baptism inquiry form. Others are welcome to sit in the pew with the parents and child and stand with them around the baptismal font as space permits.

Private baptisms with a visiting priest who is a relative or friend may be arranged by the contacting the Parish Office at 856 767 2563.

Baptism for seven years old and younger

Children ages seven and younger may be baptized at the request of the parents or legal guardians only. Through your child’s baptism, you, the child’s parents (or legal guardian), affirm that you will raise your child in the practice of the Catholic faith by enrolling your child in a Catholic school or a faith formation (religious education or C.C.D.) program.

Baptism for 8 years old through 14 years old

For the baptism of children from eight years old (second grade) through fourteen years old (eight grade), enrollment in the parish faith formation (religious education or C.C.D.) program or in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Regional School is required. After a year of study, the child should be ready for baptism at the Easter Vigil, celebrated annually on Holy Saturday night. That evening, they will also receive the sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist (First Holy Communion).

Baptism for high school students and adults

For the baptism of high school students and adults, they are prepared by and through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), which meets weekly from September through April, or in extraordinary circumstances through regular meetings with a priest or pastoral associate. Once finished preparations, they will receive the sacraments of Baptism, the Eucharist (Holy Communion), and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil Mass.

If this is your first baptism at Saint Simon Stock Parish, Father Michael, the pastor, would like to meet you to welcome you and offer guidance as you pursue Catholic family life.