Welcome to the St. Austin Catholic Parish
The information below pertains to baptism of a Newborn, Infant, Baby or Toddler under the age of 7. If your child is over the age of 7, please contact the parish office.
webpage for the Sacrament of Baptism!
Please carefully read all the information on this page before contacting the parish. Questions and concerns not addressed on this page will be answered at the Infant Baptismal Preparation Course, which is required of all parents, guardians, and godparents.
"Every person not yet baptized is able to receive Baptism."
The Compendium of the Catechism
of the Catholic Church, pg. 78 (1246-1252)
New life is in your midst and it is a truly gift from God. How blest are you and your family to be able to experience the love of God in such a special way. We hope that through the Sacrament of Baptism you and your loved ones will grow in the Faith of the Church and be open to receive all the graces are that are so freely given by the Holy Spirit at this time.
To have the sacrament of baptism celebrated and recorded by the parish you will need to attend a baptism preparation course if you have not already done so, and complete all the forms required by the parish and Diocese of Austin.
Currently our parish celebrates approximately 200 infant baptisms a year and we also coordinate the form transfer and processing of another 100 families with infants to be baptized outside out parish. This is a wonderful blessing for the Church - the Body of Christ! It is also quite a large task and we ask for your patience and understanding as we try to schedule and accommodate, and prepare for each celebration.
God's blessing be upon you all your family. We are so happy to welcome this special child into the Church.
Here is what is needed by the parish:
1. Attend a Baptism Preparation Course (Not necessary if you have done this before).
2. Schedule a baptism (See forms below).
3. Choose Godparent(s) (Only one is required).
4. Provide a copy of the child's birth certificate to verify the date of birth and correct name.
Forms that you will need to provide:
Fax: 512-477-9430 E-mail:
Baptism Request Form
Godparent Baptism Covenant Form
Baptism Date and Time Request Form
Baptism Form/Letter of Request for Non-Parishioners
Christian Witness Covenant Form (if applicable)
The Infant Baptism Preparation Course
Date and Time:
Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m.
(Look for signage.)
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Please call the parish office 512-477-9471 to reserve space and materials for the class at least 7 days before the class. “Walk-ins” cannot be accommodated. No childcare provided for infants, toddlers or children. Please secure infant/childcare before attending the course. Parents, guardians, and godparents are encouraged to attend this class or a class offered at another parish.
There are no fees for registered parishioners for the course materials. The cost for materials for non-parishioners is $25.00. This fee is due at the Baptism Preparation Course.
2017: (Reservation are required.)
January 15 at 2 p.m. (MLK Weekend)
February 19 at 2 p.m. (President's Day Weekend)
No Baptisms in Lent (March 1 through Easter April 16)
April 22 and 23 at all weekend masses (except 8:45 a.m.)
June 10 and 11at all weekend masses (Feast of the Most Holy Trinity)
August 6 at 2 p.m.
October 8 at 2 p.m. (Columbus Day Weekend)
November 26 at 2 p.m. (Thanksgiving Day Weekend)
December 30 and 31 at all weekend masses (except 5:30 p.m.)(Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Future dates are yet to be determined.
+Only three baptisms can be accommodated at each mass. Families must be actively involved in the parish and attend one of the weekend masses on a weekly basis.
Requirements for Godparents
Only one godparent (sponsor) is required for Baptism (c. 873). A godparent must:
- Be appointed as such by the appropriate person (parent/guardian) or minister;
- As a rule, be not less than sixteen years of age;
- Be a baptized Catholic who has received First Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation, and who lives a life of faith befitting the role of sponsor;
- Not labor under any canonical penalties;
- Not be the mother or father of the one to be baptized.
Requirements for Non-members of St. Austin Catholic Parish
Parents/guardians who are not registered members of St. Austin Catholic Parish must obtain a letter granting permission from the pastor of the parish in which they are registered to have a child baptized outside that parish. A form letter is provided and must be sent to the parish office before a baptism can be scheduled. See forms above.
Mailing address: St. Austin Catholic Parish
2026 Guadalupe Street
Austin, Texas 78705
Confirmation of the Baptism Time and Date
An e-mail notification will be sent to the parents/guardians confirming the receipt of all required forms and fees by the parish office. The notification will also confirm the date and time of the infant baptism.
Parents/guardians must respond to the e-mail to confirm the receipt of the e-mail.
- All forms must be completed before they can be accepted. The parish process of these forms may take 7 – 10 days to complete.
- Please keep a copy of each form and document for your personal records. Please bring the forms and documents to the Infant Baptism Preparation Class and to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.
- OUR FAX NUMBER: 512-477-9430
Diocese of Austin Norms
St. Austin Catholic Parish follows the diocesan norms set by the Diocese of Austin, Texas concerning the Sacrament of Baptism. Please note that any variances as agreed upon by the parish clergy and the parents/guardians from the norms and parish guidelines for baptisms must be in written form and turned into the parish office prior. Verbal communications cannot be confirmed nor processed.
Clergy from outside the Diocese of Austin, Texas must complete and mail to the parish the diocesan confirmation granting permission to celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism within the diocese. Clergy from outside the diocese and the Parish of St. Austin must obtain written permission from the pastor. You may contact the parish office directly for this information. (Clergy = ordained minister of the Roman Catholic Church with faculties to celebrate the Church’s sacraments.)
Forms for visiting clergy:
Testimonial of Suitability for Visiting Religious Priests - English
Testimonial of Suitability for Visiting Religious Priests - Spanish
Testimonial of Suitability for Visiting Diocesan Priests - English
Testimonial of Suitability for Visiting Diocesan Priests - Spanish
Testimonial of Suitability for Visiting Deacons - English
Testimonial of Suitability for Visiting Deacons - Spanish