Baptism of Infants and Children (Up to the age of 6)

Congratulations on the birth of your child!  Your child will receive new life in baptism and become a son or daughter of God!   We look forward to welcoming them into our parish family and the Holy Catholic Church.

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Requirements for Baptism:

  • Newborn to 6 years old
  • Parents are members of St. Timothy Catholic Church or provide a permission letter from their Pastor
  • Contact Joseph Nieves-Serrano at or 813-961-1716 to register for a parent preparation class before the birth of the child, if possible
  • Parents and godparents attend one class before the baptism
  • Parents and godparents who are not in the local area are encouraged to take a class at their local parish

The following paperwork must be received before a baptism date is chosen:

 Who can be a Godparent?

Godparents are the link between the parents and the Church.  Godparents help parents to bring up their children in the faith by their witness and prayers.

Requirements of a godparent:

  • at least 16 years old
  • Confirmed in the Catholic Church
  • Live a life of faith in harmony with the duty he/she is undertaking
  • Not one of the parents of the child being baptized
  • One Catholic godparent is required for baptism
  • Maximum of two (one male and one female) can be recorded In the baptism register
  • One of the sponsors may be a baptized non-Catholic Christian witness of the baptism.
  • If married, the godparent must be married in the Catholic Church or have had their marriage blessed by the Catholic Church.

 Contact Joseph Nieves-Serrano at or 813-961-1716

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