Baptism | Bautismo

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” (CCC 1213)

Preparation For Baptism–English

The Sacrament of Baptism is regularly offered at the Church of St. Dominic.  To prepare for Baptism, parents attend a Baptismal Preparation Class before scheduling a baptism.  Preparation classes are required every 3 years. Classes are offered on the second Saturday of the month from 10-11:15a.m. (English) and 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. (Spanish).

Please register here for the Baptismal Preparation Class.

Scheduling the Baptism: Baptisms can be scheduled during any Mass on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.  Baptisms outside of Mass will be schedule by appointment.  No Baptisms will be held at Mass during Advent or Lent.  Please contact Tricia Anderson at 507-645-8816 or to schedule a Baptism.

Once you have scheduled the baptism, please complete a hard copy Baptismal Registration Form and turn it in to the parish along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate. This step needs to be completed at least one week before the date of the Baptism in order for the proper paperwork to be ready. Baptism Registration Form

Preparación bautismal–Español

El Sacramento del Bautismo se ofrece regularmente en la Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Para prepararse para el bautismo, los padres asisten a una clase de preparación bautismal y se reúnen con una pareja de mentores. Las clases se ofrecen el segundo sábado del mes de 1:00pm- 4:00pm (Español).
Los padres y padrinos deben asistir a la preparación bautismal una vez cada tres años.

Por favor regístrese aquí para la clase.

Programando el Bautismo: Una vez que haya completado la Clase de Preparación Bautismal, puede a la Oficina Parroquial para programar el Bautismo. Los bautismos pueden ser programados durante cualquier misa el segundo domingo del mes. Los bautismos fuera de la Misa serán programados por cita previa. No habrá Bautismos en la Misa durante el Adviento o la Cuaresma. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Tricia Anderson al 507-645-8816 o para programar un Bautismo.

Se deberá entregar un formulario de registro de bautismo, junto con una copia del certificado de nacimiento. Se requiere una copia del certificado de nacimiento al programar la fecha del Sacramento del Bautismo. Formulario de registro de bautismo

Frequently Asked Questions About Baptism

Who may be godparents? Godparents–canonically referred to as ‘sponsors’–are to serve an important role in modeling the faith for your child.  As such, a confirmed and active Catholic of good standing of age 16 or older may serve as a sponsor.  If two sponsors are chosen, one must be male and the other female to represent the model of family life.

Can a non-Catholic be a godparent? A baptized, active Christian may take a role as witness in the Baptism: the canonical designation is Christian Witness.  At least one of the Godparents must be a practicing confirmed Catholic.

Can both Godparents be of the same gender? If there are two Godparents, one must be male and one female.  

May I have more than 2 godparents/Christian Witnesses? You may at the ceremony, but only two are to be recorded in the official Church Baptismal Record.

I grew up at St. Dominic’s but now live somewhere else.  May I have my child baptized there? A baptism brings your child into the faith of the Church, a part of which is community.  Although it is good to include your extended family, and arrangements certainly can be made with permission of your local priest, it is not recommended. We encourage you to use the Baptism of your child to become rooted in the Church community where you are living. Families are parishioners of the local church within whose boundaries they live.  Adults and infants should be baptized and participate in the church where they are parishioners. (Canon 857).


Families are invited to watch these videos before attending the Baptismal Preparation Class.