Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission : "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water and in the word."
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1213)
Adults and Children Age 7 and Older
Baptism for those over the age of reason is provided via the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The rite focuses on conversion to Christ through the discovery of, and encounter with, the real presence of Jesus Christ in our lives. The RCIA assists the candidates for baptism in making that discovery. Through the rite, and to assist candidates in living an authentic Christian life, adults are incorporated into the Body of Christ and are provided instruction on the Catholic faith. RCIA prepares adults (both unbaptized and already baptized) for full initiation into the Catholic Church and Faith. Please see the Faith Formation / Becoming Catholic (RCIA) tab for more information.
Congratulations! We celebrate with you the gift of life you have received in your child. Just as you will provide for the best of life's opportunities for your child, we rejoice that it includes providing the best for their spiritual and eternal life that begins in the Sacrament of Baptism.
We have provided the following information to assist you in preparing for the celebration of baptism, and the sacramental life of your child.
Requirements for the Celebration of Baptism of Infants
About Parental Responsibilities
• By Church requirement, parents must give their assurance that their child will be given every benefit of a Catholic upbringing. The responsibility of raising the child in the Faith begins immediately with Baptism and extends to adulthood.
• If parents are unable to make this commitment to the Church community, they should consider delaying the celebration of Baptism until they are prepared to do so.
• Godparents are chosen by the birth parents to assist them in their Christian parenting. They should, therefore, be models of Christian faith and examples of prayer, worship, and Christian practice.
• Only one godmother and one godfather may be chosen. The ideal is to choose two Catholic godparents, however, it is acceptable that one godparent is Catholic while the other is of the Christian faith. Both must be active in their faith. Catholic godparents need to have been confirmed and be practicing members of the Church.
• All godparents need to complete the form below and have it signed by their pastors.
When are Baptisms Celebrated?
Baptisms typically take place on Saturdays at 2:00 pm. Alternative times may be arranged through the parish office.
All are invited to watch the "Reborn" series at FORMED.org to learn more about the Sacrament of Baptism.
If you have further questions, please contact the parish office (603) 448-1262 during business hours or complete the form below.