We welcome you and your child to this beautiful sacrament!  Baptism is a sign of the sacred, confers grace, is a celebration of Christ's life, and is the beginning of a deep relationship; a vital union with the risen Lord. 

St. Andrew´s Catholic Church requires that parents attend one Baptism preparation class prior to the baptism of their child. Baptisms are celebrated either within the weekend Liturgies, or on Sunday at 1PM. Weekend baptisms are done by Father Kevin Segerblom or Father Matt Kiehl, and the families choose which Mass they want. The baptisms at 1PM are done by Deacon Mark Allison, and are not within the context of a Mass. 

Godparents are required to obtain a "Letter of Parishioner in Good Standing" from their home parish. The letter is to be submitted to St. Andrew's Church before the Baptism takes place.

The Baptism Information Form is required, and can either be brought to the preparation session, or filled out while there.  

Forms and letters must be returned to the Parish Office at least one week prior to the Baptism.                                                                                 Please return the forms to: 

                   St. Andrew's Church
                   631 N. Jefferson St.
                   Roanoke, VA  24016
                   Attn: Kathy Boyer
      or fax to 540-344-7879 to the attention of Kathy Boyer.


Refer to these LAST MINUTE INSTRUCTIONS for information about your child's Baptism day. 

You are kindly asked to SIGN UP in advance for both the preparation session and the baptism weekend, by emailing Kathy Boyer at kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org.  You can also contact us at the Parish Office at 344-9814.  Sometimes space is limited - your prompt attention to this will insure your family being scheduled at the Mass you desire.



January 13 at 1:00 pm

February 23/24 at all Masses

April 28 at 1:15 pm

May 18/19 at all Masses

June 30 at 1:00 pm

July 27/28 at all Masses

September 1 at 1:00 pm

October 12/13 at all Masses

November 17 at 1:00 pm



(All preparation sessions take place in the Youth Room, which is in the lower level of the Parish Center.  Baptism preparation classes last approximately 90 minutes. Please choose a session that fits your schedule.)

Sunday, January 6 at 1:00 pm

Saturday, March 9 at 10:00 am

Tuesday, April 30 at 7:00 pm

Monday, July 15 at 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 pm



Godparents join the parents in presenting the child for baptism, and help the child to lead a Christian life in harmony with the sacraments. They "must be firm believers, able and ready to help the newly baptized child...on the road of Christian life." (CCC 1255) A child needs only one godparent, male or female, or one of each (Code of Canon Law 873). The second godparent may be non-Catholic Christian, but only acts as witness, and only if the primary godparent is Catholic (Code of Canon Law 873§2) meeting the requirements listed below (Code of Canon Law 873§1).

Church law requires that godparents be:

• At least 16 years old

• Fully initiated Catholics (received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist)

• Not bound by any canonical penalty

• Leading lives of faith befitting the role

• Not parents of the child



Order of Baptism:

  • Process in with the priest
  • Introduction of families
  • Questions asked of families
  • Sign of the Cross on forehead (then be seated)
  • Liturgy of the Word and homily (then families come to the front)
  • Litany of the Saints
  • Prayer of exorcism and 1st anointing
  • Blessing of the Water
  • Approach font for sacrament, one family at a time
  • Anointing with Sacred Chrism
  • Blessing of the white garment
  • Lighting of the Candle
  • Ephphetha (prayers over the ears and mouth)
  • Prayers of the faithful (then be seated)
  • Final Blessing
  • Dismissal




Code of Canon Law - Baptism

Catechism of the Catholic Church - Baptism

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops - Baptism

Kathy Boyer kboyer@standrewsroanoke.org
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Phone Number: (540) 344-9814 
Fax Number: (540) 344-7879

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