Congratulations as you prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism! We look forward to helping your family prepare for and celebrate this special sacrament of initiation into the life of the Church and Saint John Vianney Parish.
What are parents' requirements prior to their child's baptism?
Parents ought to be registered and actively participating members of Saint John Vianney Church. If you are members of another parish, you are to follow the requirements of your local parish and also submit a letter giving your pastor's permission for the baptism to take place at Saint John Vianney.
How are baptisms scheduled?
Contact Julie Mishler at (563) 332-7910 or via email at [email protected] to register for the baptism class and/or schedule your child's baptism.
Is there a baptism class to attend?
Yes. We encourage parents and godparents to attend this class even before the birth of your child. It is offered every other month. See the schedule below for the exact dates and times. Parents who have attended the class within the past three years are not required to attend the class.
Classes are lead by Deacon Daryl Fortin on Saturday mornings, 9:00-11:00am via Zoom. We will return to in-person classes when it is safe to do so.
March 6, 2021
May 8, 2021
July 17, 2021
September 11, 2021
November 6, 2021
When can my child be baptized?
Baptisms can be celebrated on most weekends of the year, unless there is a major parish function. During this time of pandemic, baptisms may be scheduled following 4:30pm Masses on Saturdays, or 11:00am on Sundays only.
How is my child baptized?
At this time, baptism is celebrated only by the pouring of water over the forehead of your child. Our baptismal font is covered; we are using a glass pitcher and bowl instead. Fresh water is blessed for each baptism.
What should my child wear?
Since baptism celebrates rebirth, we encourage your child to wear WHITE.
How many families may present their child for baptism?
Only one family is scheduled for baptism per Mass time (4:30pm or 11:00am).
Who baptizes children at St. John Vianney?
Fr. Vrba baptizes children following the 4:30pm Mass on Saturdays; Deacon Daryl baptizes children after the 11:00am Mass on Sundays.
My older child has not been baptized. What should we do?
We can tailor a special preparation process for a child who has reached the age of reason. Contact Father Vrba to arrange a parent meeting to discuss the possibilities.
Can we videotape and/or photograph during the baptism?
Is there a fee for baptism?
Saint John Vianney Church does not charge a fee for any sacrament.