The Sacrament of Baptism sets us on our path toward the life-giving grace of our loving God. It is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments.
Through Baptism we are immersed into Jesus' death and His resurrection and are initiated into the Christian community. We are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. We may come as infants whose development in faith is entrusted to parents, or as youth still entrusted to their parents, or as adults who come for Baptism at the Easter Vigil, completing the Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Infant and child baptism up to age 6 is celebrated throughout the year, except during Lent, at Saturday Evening/Sunday Morning Mass. To present your child for Baptism, you must be registered members of the parish and select Catholic godparents in good standing with their parishes. Parents are aided in presenting their children through required classes. Call the Parish Office to make the final arrangements.
Adults desiring to become part of our Catholic community and the Church as a whole take part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, known as the RCIA. This rite is the process of conversion through which people become members of the Roman Catholic Church. The total formation of the individual is involved through scripture, liturgy, Church doctrine, and apostolic commitment.
BAPTISM PREPARATION INFORMATION
New or expectant parents should call the Parish Office, 222-2759, to register for one of our quarterly preparation sessions (see schedule below). Sessions, led by couples in the parish, include a video presentation followed by discussion and an opportunity for questions. Each family receives a booklet to take home for further reading.
Sessions are held at 7:00 p.m. in the Leo Amen Room on the lower level of Blessed Sacrament School. Both parents are asked to attend if possible. Child care is available during the sessions. Once a session is completed, parents may call the Parish Office to schedule the baptism. Baptisms are normally celebrated at the regular weekend Masses:5:00 on Saturdays and 8:00 & 10:00 on Sundays.
Download the Baptism Preparation Information Form or fill it out online.
2012 Baptism Preparation Schedule
- Sun., June 1
- Sun., August 24
- Sun., December 7