“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.
During this time of Covid, we are offering our baptism course online. It consists of having the parents watch 3 videos and attending a 45 minutes Zoom meeting with our Baptism Coordinator where the material will be discussed, any questions answered and the Baptism application forms distributed. Once the forms are completed and 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.