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St. John the Baptist
Holy Angels

Roman Catholic Parish
Newark, Delaware

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Infant Baptism preparation sessions for parents are held monthly. Parents are required to attend one of these preparation sessions to help them better understand the importance of the sacrament, not just for the baby, but also for them and for the entire Church community.

Parents may do this preparation during pregnancy or after the baby's birth. They are welcome to bring their baby to the session, especially if this means both parents can attend. Godparents are invited and encouraged to take part in this preparation.

For more information or to register for a session, please contact Annie at the Parish Office (302) 731-2200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baptisms are celebrated at weekly Masses (Saturday evening or Sunday morning) at Holy Angels Church or St. John's Church. Information about how to schedule your baby's baptism is available at the preparation session. We do not celebrate baptisms during weekend Mass during the Season of Lent, in keeping with the ancient custom of the Church.

Who can be a Godparent?

A godparent is one who is a role model, an "active" Catholic, one who is at ease with practicing and talking about their faith and about their personal relationship with God. According to Canon Law (the Laws of the Catholic Church), to be a Catholic Godparent for Baptism, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Must be at least 16 years of age.
  2. Must be a "fully initiated Catholic;" that is, they must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
  3. If married, their marriage must be in accord with the laws of the Catholic Church.
  4. Must be a Catholic who fully practices and lives their faith as part of a parish community.
  5. They cannot be the mother or father of the baby being baptized.
  6. There can only be one female and one male Godparent.

All baptisms require at least one Catholic Godparent. If you have only one person who fits the above condition, the other witness to the sacrament may be a "Christian Witness", a person who is baptized in another Christian Church and will be a suitable spiritual mentor for your child. Please note that a person who is baptized Catholic cannot be a Christian Witness. A Catholic must meet the above criteria for Catholic Godparents; no exceptions.

If you have any questions, please bring them to the preparation session. We look forward to meeting you there!