The Sacrament of Baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life.
Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin.
Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Today, the Sacrament of Baptism is often received by infants, shortly after birth.
Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).
Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic Church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”
The Catechism teaches:
“The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ” (CCC 1279).
Baptisms are held the first and third Sunday of the month at 1:00 PM.
The maximum number of children baptized on a Sunday is six.
Please check with the Parish Office to make certain the date you want is available before making plans with your family.
Parents and Godparents are required to attend a baptism preparation class held on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:30am in the church.
You will receive envelopes to make an offering to the church for the material for the class ($20) and for the Baptism. Couples may pay when they attend the Baptismal Preparation class, send the offering to the Parish Office or bring it on the day of the Baptism.
Required paperwork IS TO BE SUBMITTED to the parish office no later than ten (10) business days prior to the Baptismal date or your date may be rescheduled. This includes all necessary information regarding family records and Godparents.
A sponsor certificate must be provided by each Godparent.
Christian witnesses are most welcome to celebrate with the family and community, but please note they are not recorded as sponsors on the Baptismal Certificate or in the Baptismal Register. To serve as a Christian witness a person needs to be validly baptized in another Christian Denomination. A Catholic who does not qualify to be a Godparent cannot serve as a Christian Witness.
For more information and/or to schedule Baptism Preparation Class or a meeting to Baptize your child,
please contact Niki C. Hughes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the parish office 201-659-1114×100.