Baptism

“A New Creature”

“Baptism not only purifies from all sins, but also makes the neophyte ‘a new creature,’ an adopted son of God, who has become a ‘partaker of the divine nature,’ member of Christ and co-heir with him, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. The Most Holy Trinity gives the baptized sanctifying grace, the grace of justification:

  • enabling them to believe in God, to hope in him and to love him through the theological virtues;
  • giving them the power to live and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
  • allowing them to grow in goodness though the moral virtues. Thus the whole organism of the Christian’s supernatural life has its roots in Baptism.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1265-1266

Pre-Baptism Meeting

Parents are asked to call the office and schedule a meeting with one of the Priests, Deacons or Baptism Team members before they attend class.For the baptism of an infant, it is necessary that there be a founded hope that the infant will be brought up in the Catholic faith. If such a hope is altogether lacking, the baptism should wait.

For information about Adult Baptism, follow this link to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Sponsors

To be admitted to the role of sponsor, a person must:
  • Be designated as sponsor and have the qualifications and intention of performing this role.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the sacrament of the Eucharist and leads a life in harmony with the faith and role to be undertaken.
  • If married, married in the Catholic Church.
  • Has to be a minimum of one godparent, maximum of two. If it is two godparents, it must be one male and one female.
  • Not be the father or mother of the one being baptized.
Note: a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic faith community may be admitted as a Christian witness together with a Catholic sponsor.

Classes

  • After the interview, phone the parish office to register.
  • Classes are usually held on the first and second Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm and lasting approximately 2 hours.
  • Both father and mother are expected to attend.
  • Sponsors are encouraged to attend the baptism classes.

Scheduling

  • If the infant has already been born, once you have attended the baptismal class you can call the Office and arrange a date for your child’s baptism.
  • There are no baptisms during the season of Lent.
  • Baptisms are celebrated on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays and the 4th Saturday of the month.