Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
The sacrament of Baptism is the foundation of, and the initial step into, the Christian life. It is the first of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Along with the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, it makes up the sacraments of Christian Initiation.
Baptism of Infants and Young Children
Baptisms are scheduled by appointment only, and are regularly held on Saturdays before Noon or on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in the Church. Alternate dates and times can be considered, with few exceptions. No baptisms are held during the season of Lent.
Baptism Preparation Class
Parents and godparents must attend a Baptism catechesis class prior to the child's baptism. These classes are regularly scheduled on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Office. To schedule a baptism and register for an upcoming class, please contact the parish office at 347-0701.
The role of a godparent is to help you in raising your child in the Catholic faith as representatives of the faith community. We encourage you to choose godparents who will take their role seriously. Your child may have two godparents. If there are two, then one must be male and the other female. Godparents must be at least 16 years of age and at least one of the godparents must be a confirmed Catholic. If you are having your child baptized at our parish, godparent(s) will need to attend a baptism preparation class.
Baptism of Adults and Children of Catechetical Age
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) offers classes for adults and children aged six or older into full communion with the Catholic Church through the receipt of the sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
To learn more about receiving the sacrament of Baptism as an adult or child of catechetical age, visit the RCIA page.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that the word baptism comes from the Greek baptizein, which means to "plunge" or "immerse" into water. Through the sacrament of Baptism we are freed from original sin, reborn as a child of God, become members of Christ, and are incorporated into the family of the Catholic Church. (CCC 1213)