For infants through age 8 years

Congratulations on the birth of your baby! The community of St. John the Evangelist Parish rejoices with you and your family. We are delighted that you have chosen our parish for your child’s Baptism. This is the first step on your child’s journey of faith. Therefore, we are committed to making the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism very special and meaningful for you and your family. We are also committed to helping you in every possible way as you raise your child in our faith. Points of Contact: For all questions relating to Baptism at St. John’s, please contact Patty Pelszynski at 410 964-1425 x 312. Baptism Procedures: If this is your first child to be baptized, you must attend a Baptism Preparation Class.

  • At least one parent must attend this meeting. Both parents and godparents are encouraged to attend. We ask that you not bring your child; if only one parent is able to attend, we understand.
  • The class meets Sunday afternoon, 12 – 1 p.m. Please call Patty to register for the class.

The 2017 dates for Baptism prep classes are:

October 1 (at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center through 2017 during construction at Wilde Lake)
November 5
December 3

The 2018 dates for Baptism prep classes are:
January 7
February 11
March 4
April 8
May 6
June 3
July 1
August (no class)
September 9
October 7
November 4
December 2

The Baptism Preparation Classes are held at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center at 12 p.m.

BAPTISM for Children grades 4th through 6th

RCIA for Children is a process for welcoming children of catechetical age (4th-6th grade) into the Catholic Church. For more information, call Consuelo Petro, 410-964-1425 x 325.

BAPTISMS outside St John’s parish

If you are registered parish member but plan to have your child baptized at another church you must meet the requirements for Baptism at St. John’s. Once these requirements are met, we will send a letter to the parish where the child will be baptized, affirming that you met our requirements and giving permission to have your child baptized outside of your home parish. Please contact Patty Pelszynski 410-964-1425 x 312 or with your name and address, child’s name, Church of Baptism name and address, priest’s name, and the date of Baptism. The letter can be mailed to you or directly to the Church of Baptism.

Questions about Baptism

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Baptism Registration

Please complete for baptism register.
  • **At least one Sponsor must be a Catholic who has received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please enter the words 'Confirmed Catholic' for that sponsor's religion.
  • There may be no more than two Sponsors.
  • When did you take, or plan to take, a Baptism prep class?


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Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

5885 Robert
Oliver Place
Columbia, MD

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10431 Twin Rivers
Columbia, MD