“Baptism is the way out of the kingdom of death into life, the gateway to the Church, and the beginning of a lasting communion with God.” -YouCat 194
What is baptism?
Newborn – Age 6 (for over age 6, see Becoming Catholic for our RCIA or RCIC programs)
Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation that welcomes a child into our faith community of Catholic believers. It is the celebration that begins the faith life of the child in and with Christ. Because the child is unable to express their faith, the Church invites the parents into a preparation process prior to the Baptism Celebration. Through prayer, reflection, scripture, and faith sharing, parents are guided and supported in their responsibilities as faith witnesses for the child.
Holy Baptism holds the first place among the sacraments, because it is the door of the spiritual life; for by it we are made members of Christ and incorporated within the Catholic Church.
Baptism Preparation Course
All parents are required to complete a Baptismal Preparation Class before their child is baptized.
We encourage you to consider baptism preparation prior to the birth of your son or daughter, if you can. Taking the time now can help eliminate the need for baby sitters and adds to the joyful anticipation of your child. While preparing for your child’s birth, it is important to begin preparing for your child’s Christian formation as well.
We are offering baptism classes each month (October through June) They consist of an initial zoom meeting with a Baptism Team member to go over the Baptism application form, the criteria for the Godparents and some pre-course material. Next, the parents are to attend a two hour in-person class.
Once the course is complete and the forms are handed into the office along with a copy of the child’s birth certificate (long form which lists parentage and is in mother’s maiden name), a date for baptism can be booked.
Please call the office to register at 780-960-0135.