Baptism Preparation

Congratulations. You are seeking Baptism for your child, or perhaps even for yourself. This is a great moment, and we at St. Andrew the Apostle hope to assist you in preparing to celebrate Baptism beautifully and meaningfully.

There are different instances in which Baptism is sought:

  • For an infant or young child (up to age 6) please select the infant baptism section.
  • For a child over the age of 6, contact Fr. Teilo (480) 899-1990.
  • For teens, please contact Rob Corwin, Life Teen (480) 899-1990 ext. 102.
  • For an adult, please select the Adult RCIA section.

We ask that families presenting their children for baptism be registered members of our parish. If you have not yet had the chance to register, you can do so by clicking here. After registering, or if you already are registered, please email baptism@standrewchandler.com to set up an appointment with Fr. Teilo. There you will get all necessary paperwork for the baptism process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start this process before my child is born?
YES, in fact we recommend doing so.

What must I do to have my child Baptized at St. Andrew?
You must attend an approved Baptismal seminar. Seminars take place in our Adult Ed center from 6:00-7:00pm. We strongly encourage that both sets of parents and God parents attend this session. Please register below for an upcoming date.

How are Baptisms scheduled?
Baptisms will be scheduled after the seminar, paperwork, and the initial meeting with Fr. Teilo is completed.

Can we Baptize in a place other than the Church?
The Rite of Baptism indicates that it should normally be celebrated in a Parish Church. We do not ordinarily do baptisms outside of Church.

Who can serve as godparents?
The Church asks that a child have two Catholic godparents who are Baptized, Confirmed, and living their faith. In some cases, one of the two godparents may be a "Christian witness" who need not be Catholic. It is possible that someone may "stand in" for a godparent who is not able to be present at the Baptism.

Who holds the child during Baptism?
The Rite of Baptism indicates that ordinarily the mother holds her child during Baptism.