Nativity parish in Menlo Park welcomes you warmly and takes delight in celebrating the Baptism of your child. We share in your joy and ask God's special grace for your entire family on this happy occasion.

Please fill out the Baptism Form online. Once we receive it, we will contact you to schedule the date. Baptisms are celebrated at 1 PM on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month. The Baptism Certificate will be handed to you immediately after the celebration.

Parents are required to attend a pre-Baptism class offered by Deacon Dominick Peloso. This class is held once a month on a Saturday morning in the O'Hare Center, located behind the church. Please call him directly (tel. 650-269-6279) for reservations and information. Godparents are also encouraged to attend this class. If you have taken a Baptism class within the last three years at another parish, please provide us with a letter of proof from that parish.

The child must have at least one godparent. Godparents must be baptized and confirmed Catholics who are practicing their faith. According to the Law of the Church (C.873), if there are two godparents one must be a man and one a woman. A baptized non-Catholic may act as a witness to the Baptism. Each Godparent must print, sign the Godparent Affidavit Form, and have it certified at their parish. Please send completed forms to Nativity parish at least one week prior to the scheduled Baptism date.

A donation of $150 to the Church is customary. Kindly mail the check to the parish before the scheduled date of the Baptism. Should you wish, you may also give a separate offering to the officiating priest/deacon directly to him after the celebration.

Please do not hesitate to speak with the office staff or a member of the clergy about any of your questions or concerns. We are here to serve you in the best possible manner.

May the celebrating of the sacrament of Baptism bring your family many blessings and become a source of renewal of faith.

Monsignor Steven Otellini, Pastor


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