Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton

Saint Jerome Church
254 Wall Street, West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764-1123




Baptism arrangements for dates and times are made through the rectory office and should be made well in advance. Sponsors/Godparents are required to obtain a Testimonial or Sponsor letter from their pastors indicating they are participating Catholics and have received the sacrament of Confirmation.

Baptisms are held on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month at St. Jerome and the 1st & 3rd Sunday at St. Mary.

TIMES:  Baptisms on the 1st & 2nd weekend are held DURING the 10:00am Mass, baptisms on the 3rd & 4th weekend are held AFTER the 10:00am Mass.

First time Parents  see below for Baptismal preparation classes.

As the first in the Catholic Church's Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism is a time of special joy and blessing for each family. In seeking baptism for their child, parents make a public promise to journey with them, to be their first teachers, and to offer a guiding hand. In baptism, a child will be welcomed into our Church family. Because as members of the Church we are all connected to each other, our community is committed to partner with the family in nurturing the faith of a child. We provide families with the resources, guidance, and Sacramental preparation needed to continue to raise your child in the Catholic Faith. 

The first step in arranging a baptism is to be sure the parents are registered parishioners - if you are not registered yet, Parish Registration forms are available under the General Information Tab of our Website or at any parish office (School, Religious Ed, Rectory or in the church sacristy). After filling it out, just mail it to the Parish Office or drop it in the collection basket.

A note about Sponsor Letters  :  The Church takes very seriously the important role of being a sponsor for the Sacraments of Initiation. A sponsor must be someone who can represent the Church in the continuing faith formation of those entrusted to their care. Choosing a sponsor would be based on the person’s dedication to the Faith and regular practice thereof. For those seeking letters of eligibility as Sacramental Sponsors, you must be:

  • 16 years or older
  • a fully initiated (Confirmed) member of the Catholic Church in Full Communion
  • if married the marriage must be one recognized by the Catholic Church
  • and you must be regularly practicing your faith. 

We cannot grant certificates to anyone who does not meet these important criteria and we are very grateful for your understanding.

For first time parents:   To help understand the full meaning of baptizing a child in the Catholic faith, all first-time parents are required to attend a baptismal preparation class. Baptism prep classes are held on the first Tuesday of each month and led by one of our priests or deacons. Pre-Registration is required and both parents are expected to attend.  Attendance to a Baptismal Prep Class is mandotory. If you are unable to attend a class at our parish, please find another Catholic Church that offers the class and provide written confirmation from that parish of your attendance.