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 Basics of Baptism

Baptism is the first Sacrament and the gateway to all the other Sacraments. Through it we become adopted children of God and members of his Body, the Church. Our Christian Faith tells us that in Baptism, we:

  • are reborn through water and the Holy Spirit as adopted children of God;
  • join Jesus in his death and resurrection as we pass through the water;
  • become members of the Church in which the Holy Spirit dwells and acts;
  • become disciples of the Lord Jesus;
  • are given the pledge of eternal life; and
  • are forgiven of sin and transformed into a new creation full of God’s grace.

Preparation for Baptism

When you are ready to have your child baptized, please contact the Parish Office at least 3 months in advance of your intended date to register your child for the Sacrament. The parents will complete the registration form and the Baptism Preparation session. You may ask any questions you have at this time.

The Parents’ Commitment

The celebration of Baptism is the first step in the making of a Christian. Following Baptism, your child begins the journey of Faith toward full membership in the Christian community by the eventual celebration of his/ her First Holy Communion and Confirmation. Parents are asked to nurture the faith life of their baptized child each step along the way. This is the commitment parents make on their child’s baptismal day.

The Role of Godparents

Godparents have a very special role in Baptism and in the faith journey of the child and the parents. Godparents help the parents so that the child will come to profess the Faith and live by the teachings of the Church.

There are certain requirements to act as a godparent. Parents should inquire at the Parish Office regarding these requirements prior to asking any individual to assume this important spiritual role.

What will Happen at the Celebration?

The following is a brief outline of the Baptism Rite when celebrated outside of Mass:

1. Reception of the Child. The parents and godparents are questioned about their intentions and the child is claimed for Christ.

2. Liturgy of the Word. A brief proclamation of Sacred Scripture and the offering of intercessions.

2. Preparatory Rites. After a short prayer, the priest anoints the child with the Oil of Catechumens for spiritual strength.

3. Rite of Baptism. This includes the blessing of the water, the vows of renunciation, the profession of faith, the Baptism, an anointing with Sacred Chrism, the clothing with a white garment and the lighting and presentation of the baptismal candle.

4. Concluding Rites. The Lord’s Prayer is recited and special blessings on the parents are offered before and the final blessing and the dismissal.

When are Baptisms Celebrated?

The celebration of Baptism normally occurs on the third Sunday of the month at 12:30 pm.