St. Richard's Holy Baptism Form

What, when and how:

Holy Baptism, for each of us, is our birthday into the Christian life. It's a big deal. It is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble. We are the Lord's, forever after.

Before the covid crisis, it was appropriate to have baptisms chiefly in the context of our Sunday morning Eucharistic service. Each baptismal candidate becomes one of our family, so we like to welcome him or her in person.

We still offer this (see the dates on our website, where you found this form); however, we are also offering opportunities for private baptisms in the sanctuary. Just talk with one our clergy.


Each candidate for Holy Baptism is to be sponsored by one or more baptized persons. Sponsors of adults and older children present their candidates and thereby signify their endorsement of the candidates and their intention to support them by prayer and example in their Christian life.

Sponsors of infants, commonly called godparents, present their candidates, make promises in their own names, and also take vows on behalf of their candidates.

It is fitting that parents be included among the godparents of their own children. Parents and godparents are to be instructed in the meaning of Baptism, in their duties to help the new Christians grow in the knowledge and love of God, and in their responsibilities as members of his Church.

After you fill out the form below and submit it, one of our clergy will be in touch with you to further things along. We are so glad the Holy Spirit has led you in this direction! Trust in His timing, and relax.
Date of Application for Baptism (today's date): *
Date of Baptism (the day you have discussed with a priest, or a day you would prefer. This does not lock you in): *
Officiant (the priest you would like to do the baptism, if you have a preference. You can answer "no preference"): *
Time of Baptism (if you have worked out a time with the priest, or one you prefer): *
Full Name of Baptismal Candidate (First, Middle, Last): *
Goes by:
Are you a St. Richard's Member? *
Gender of the baptismal candidate: *
Date of Birth: *
Place of Birth (City & State): *
Full Name of Mother (First, Middle, Last): *
Goes by:
Full Name of Father (First, Middle, Last): *
Goes by:
Parent's address including zip (if you are an adult, please include your own address, not your parent's address): *
Best telephone number for parent/s, or adult baptismal candidate: *
Best email for parent/s, or adult baptismal candidate:
Full names of Sponsors (for adult candidate) or of Godparents (First, Middle, Last). Please also include names they go by. All must be baptized Christians.
Include information regarding Maternal Grandmother and Grandfather, Paternal Grandmother and Grandfather if they will be present at the ceremony (include their full names (first, middle, last) and names they go by):
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