Baptismal Prep

“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried, therefore, with Him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

Preparing for Baptism - Infants and Children

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons (and daughters) of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…”    Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 1213)

Congratulations on choosing to celebrate your child's baptism here at St. Francis Xavier or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. We are honored to be part of this special step in your child's faith journey.

The Catholic Church has always taught and respected the understanding that parents are the primary educators in the faith of their children. Our Baptismal preparation is designed to assist you, parents and godparents, in raising these children in the faith. Please allow ample time to complete this planning. Expectant mothers are encouraged to contact the office before their baby is born. Parents wishing to baptize their child must be registered active members of St. Francis Xavier or St. John the Baptist parish. 

Please print out and complete the Baptism Registration Information Form. We need the completed form in order to register you for the class and to schedule a Baptism date. In addition, we need a completed Sacrament of Baptism Sponsor form. One of the Godparents/Sponsors must be an active practicing Catholic. We understand that every family is unique and that there are often special circumstances. Should you wish to discuss your child's baptismal celebration, please feel free to contact us. To register for a class, or for any other questions relating to the celebration of this important sacrament for your child, please contact Deacon Jim Arndt.

Deacon Jim Arndt

Phone:715-536-2803 ext. 215

Cell: 715-216-8421


Baptism Check-List for Parents of Infants and Children

Baptism Information Check-list

Baptism Registration Information Form for Infants and Children

Baptism Registration Information Form

Baptism Registration Sponsor Form for those who have been asked to serve as a Godparent at St. Francis Xavier/St. John the Baptist.

Sacrament of Baptism Sponsor Form


The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated for adults as the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA), the process where you are welcomed into the Catholic faith. If you have questions or are interested in learning about the process of becoming a Catholic as an Adult, please contact Joe Velie, Director of Religious Education.

Contact Information:

SFX & SJB share a parish office located at:


1708 E. 10th Street

Merrill, WI 54452


Telephone:  (715) 536-2803


Fax:  (715) 536-7536

Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday:  8:00AM - 4:00PM

Friday:  8:00AM - NOON