Congratulations on the birth of your child!


Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation that leads to full membership in the Church. Our young people’s faith is a seed that must be nurtured by their parents. In the baptismal rite itself, parents are asked if they are prepared to raise their child in the faith; the celebrant reminds them that they are “the first and best teachers in the ways of faith.” Accordingly, our Baptism Preparation Program offers parents an opportunity to reassess their own faith, as well as reviewing their responsibility to educate their children in the faith. The program reviews the history and the theology of the sacrament of Baptism and the procedures for the rite itself. 

  • When are baptisms held?  Baptisms are held on most Sundays at 12:30pm, except during Lent.  Other dates may also be blocked out due to Parish events.
  • Do I need to take a Baptism class?  If this is your first child, or if it has been 5 years or more since your last Baptismal Class, you must attend.  See the list below for upcoming Baptism Classes.
  • What if my child is not an infant?  As long as your child is less than seven years of age, the process and requirements are the same.  If your child is seven or older, contact Lynn Edmonds, the Director of Faith Formation at (727) 821-7989, ext. 2116.
  • How many godparents may (must) I have?  It is only required that there be one godparent, so you must have at least one.  It is customary to have two godparents - in this case one must be female and the other male.  The Church does not make any provisions for more than two.
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Baptisms will not be held during the following dates/times:

  • During Lent from February 17 - April 4, 2021.

Baptism Class Schedule

Baptism Classes are generally held the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm on Zoom until further notice.  Call the Parish Office (821-7989) for information on registering for the class.

2021 Baptism Class Dates

April 20

May 18

June 15

July 20

August 17

September 21

October 19

November 9

December 14


For more information about scheduling a Baptism, contact the Parish Office at (727) 821-7989 or send an email to

St Raphael Baptism Window photo by jsGrafx, © 2013 Jeff Signorini


 The Catechism teaches:  "The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit.  By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ."  (CCC 1279).

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