Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)
For the Catholic, Baptism means participating in Jesus' death and then resurrection; to go into the water and emerge a renewed child of God.
Baptism of Infants. Preparation classes are offered for parents of infants and children through six years old. Godparents are welcome to attend as well. These sessions involve a discussion of the theological and spiritual meaning of the sacrament of baptism and the implications that this meaning has for parents and godparents. There is also time devoted to a consideration of issues of religious development in early childhood. The baptisms, being celebrations of a child’s initiation into the Eucharistic community, ordinarily take place during Mass once a month, except during Lent. To register for the classes, please contact the Parish Center.
Baptism of Older Children (7 years and older). Children seven years and older are required to participate in a more formal program modeled after our adult process of Christian initiation. These children will be prepared to receive sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Baptism of Adults. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of welcoming, forming, and catechizing new Catholics. It is also the process used for baptized Catholics who have not completed their sacraments of initiation: Confirmation and First Eucharist. Its goal is to foster and deepen the conversion of individuals and the entire community of believers. If you are interested in taking part in our RCIA program, or if you know someone who is, please call the Parish Office for information