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Baptism at St Anthony's or

St Leo's Abbey Church

If you are a parent with a child under seven and would like to have your child become a child of God through the Sacrament of Baptism, please follow these steps:

  1. Attend Mass each week. 
  2. Pre-register online using the register button in the menu and Register as a member of St Anthony's parish (only if you're not currently a registered member).
  3. Contact our Baptism Coordinator by filling out the baptismal registration form on this page, prior to making arrangements for your child's reception of the sacrament of Baptism.  
  4. Complete Sponsor's Form available from the parish office (click here to download a copy to print) This form is to be completed by the child's sponsors and sealed by the sponsors' parish. Once completed, mail or drop off the original Sponsor Form at the Parish Office at least one week before your baptismal date.
  5. Provide a copy of the child's birth certificate.

Are you a member who wants to have your child baptized outside of our parish?

  1. Attend a baptismal preparation class (see #3 above).
  2. Obtain a letter from Fr Garry.

If you are having your child baptized at St Leo Abbey Church or at St Leo University Chapel, you will need to follow the same guidelines as they both reside within St. Anthony's parish boundaries.

  • Baptism for children 7-12 years old: Contact Fr Garry to enroll in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Children program.
  • Baptism for teens in Grades 9-12: Contact Fr Garry to enroll in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Teens program.
  • Baptism for Adults: Contact Fr Garry to enroll in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program.

"Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him."  (Acts 2:38-40)

BAPTISM:  Is an important sacrament for all families, we are delighted that you have chosen to have your child baptized at St Anthony's, and we look forward to welcoming your child into the faith community.  Please fill in the form at the bottom of this page to register for baptism, or contact the parish office for more details.  

Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - are the foundation of the Christian life. 

~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults 

The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.  . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin.  However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.  

The primary responsibility of raising a child in the ways of faith rests with the parents. This obligation begins with Baptism and extends all the way into adulthood. The Sacrament of Baptism celebrates the entrance of a new life into our Christian Community. 

If you are a parent of a child under the age of six and would like to have your child receive the Sacrament of Baptism, your first step is to become a member of St Anthony of Padua parish.  Our faith community is here to assist parents in your role as primary educators of your children in the ways of faith.

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. We are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom and to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.

Baptism Guidelines, Registration forms and Sponsor Guidelines are available in the Parish office. 

Sacrament of Baptism Guidelines.10.27.2016

Baptism Guidelines 

Registered Members of St. Anthony:

  • Complete Baptism Registration Form
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • Godparent(s) Eligibility Letter
  • If first child, participate in a Baptism Preparation Class (individual basis)

After meeting with the Pastor, a date and time for the baptism can be set

A gift offering to the Priest or Deacon is only suggested; no family will be denied the Sacrament of Baptism for financial reasons. A gift offering is appreciated.

*If parents are divorced, proof of custody must be presented.  If the parent requesting baptism does not have custody of the child, they need to have permission in writing from the custodial parent.

Non-members of St. Anthony Parish:

The parents need to get permission in writing from their Pastor to have the child baptized at St. Anthony of Padua or the Abbey including date and time.

  • Completed Baptism Registration Form from St. Anthony of Padua
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate
  • Godparent(s) Eligibility Letter
  • Letter from Deacon or Priest requesting Delegation

Note: All arrangements and stipends for a Baptism at the Abbey are to be made directly with the Abbey, contact Brother Lucius at 352-588-8626. 

All paperwork is to be sent to the Church of Record, prior to requesting a date or time for a baptism at the Abbey.  Please forward to the Church of Record at the following address: 

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
32852 Rhode Island Avenue
San Antonio, Florida 33576

Sponsor/Godparent Guidelines

Whenever a person is baptized, as an infant, as a child, or as an adult, there should be at least one (1) person who will act as sponsor for the one being baptized. 

Sponsors accept the responsibility of helping the person grow in the Catholic faith.  One who acts as a sponsor (Godparent) for an infant or child agrees to help the parents teach their child about the faith and how to live as a practicing Catholic.  One who acts as sponsor for an adult agrees to encourage and support the person, pray with and for the person, and offer whatever help, information, or spiritual support is needed to live out the rest of his or her life as a practicing Catholic. 

For a person to act as a sponsor for Baptism:

  1. At least one of the sponsors must be Catholic. It is preferable if both are Catholic, but it is permissible for the second sponsor to be an active, practicing, baptized Christian Witness
  2. Must be at least 16 years of age
  3. Must already have received all the ‘Sacraments of Initiation’ (Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation)
  4. Must be living in a way that demonstrates that one’s faith is strong enough to be able to fulfill the responsibilities involved with being a sponsor.
  5. If the sponsor is married, he/she must be married in accord with the laws of the Catholic Church (cf.CIC, Can.874)
  6. Sponsors must obtain from their home parish a Sponsor/Godparent Eligibility Letter. Eligibility letters must be sent to: 

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
32852 Rhode Island Avenue
San Antonio, Florida 33576


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