Baptism is God’s most beautiful gift. This first sacrament makes Jesus our brother and God our Father. It sets us free from the stain of original sin and gives us the Holy Spirit to live with God now and for eternal life. Baptism makes us part of God’s people and members of His Church. Through the waters of baptism, we receive and share in God’s grace, enlightenment, and anointing for the rest of our lives into eternity. Baptism enables us to fulfill the reason we were made: to love God and love our neighbor as taught to us by the Son, Jesus Christ. Baptism helps us know, serve and love God in this life and be happy with the Lord in the next life. We congratulate all parents, godparents, and candidates for baptism. The priests, parishioners and staff are here to offer the sacrament of baptism and accompany you and your family in living the Christian life. Please see the following information to schedule or seek baptism.
FOR INFANTS: Baptisms for infants are normally planned for the first Sunday of each month following one of the Masses. Parents are asked to call the parish office to register for their child’s baptism. The office secretary will provide you with the necessary information and answer any questions. We ask that a copy of your child's birth certificate be sent to the office. Parents and godparents are required to attend a preparatory class with the priests on the Saturday prior to the Sunday baptism. The Saturday class begins in the church at 10:00am and concludes by noon.
FOR CHILDREN OVER 7 YEARS OF AGE: While children over seven years old still need the help and guidance of their parents and other adults, they are no longer infants. Children over seven years old (the age of reason) have important ideas and questions that are worth answering. They know the difference between right and wrong. Children over seven years old are prepared for all three sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion - at the same time. For more information on this process, please speak with one of the priests who will help you understand and begin this preparation. Baptisms of children over seven years old normally take place at Easter.
FOR ADULTS: Adults who wish to receive the Sacrament of Baptism are also prepared differently than infants and children. They undergo preparation that answers their questions and helps them know how to love God and their neighbor. Adults who seek baptism undergo a process of conversion and renewal. This preparation process insures that they will be accompanied throughout this process and even after their baptism. Adults are prepared for all three sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion - at the same time. Adults baptisms normally take place at Easter. Adults who want to be baptized or learn more about it are encouraged to speak with one of the priests.