Baptism makes one a member of the body of Christ and incorporates one into the Church, sharing in its mission. The principal effects of Baptism are purification from sins and a new birth in the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church baptizes all ages. For infants the Church requires formation and catechesis for parents in preparation for the baptism of their children. Only one class is required once every three years. Adolescents and adults are prepared for Baptism through a process called the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation). Please call the church office if you or your child needs to be baptized.
Preparation: Baptismal classes are held the 2nd Wednesday of every other month beginning in January and it is mandatory for parents and godparents to be present.
Celebrations: Once ALL information is complete, First Saturday of every month following 4:00 p.m. Mass.
Parents must pick up a packet at the rectory before attending a Baptismal class or before baby can receive that sacrament.
Parents are encouraged to attend a Baptismal preparation class before the baby is born to avoid any delays in baptizing the baby once the baby is born. One parent must attend the class. Parents are required to attend a class once every three years.
Godparents are required to attend a Baptismal class as well as the parents. If they attend a class at another church parish, they must provide a letter, on church stationary, verifying that they did attend a baptismal class within the last three (3) years.
There is to be only one male sponsor/Godparent or one female sponsor/Godparent or one of each.
Only one Godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic: proof of Confirmation is required. Sponsor/Godparent must be at least the age of 16.
A copy of the birth record is required for all babies being baptized. If the parents of the child being baptized are not married, the name of the father cannot be entered without the supporting evidence of an authentic statement signed by the father on a valid certificate of live birth.
Baptisms are held first Saturday of the month providing all the information that is required has been completed.
Please contact the church rectory for any addition information.