The Sacrament of Baptism

 

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the sacraments of initiation and begins one’s journey in faith.  It restores us to our original
innocence and makes us children of God.

 

Parents who would like to have their infant children baptized, should be active members of the parish community. 
That is, they should be registered members of the parish and attend Mass and celebrate the sacraments on a somewhat regular basis.  

The first step in the baptism process is to call the Parish Office and speak with the receptionist who will gather information from you, like: 
the name of the child to be baptized, the date and place of birth, the names of parents, and the Sponsors and/or Christian Witnesses.

 

A Sponsor is one who is fully initiated in the Catholic Church (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion) and who is an active member
of his or her parish.  A Christian Witness is an individual who has been baptized in another Christian tradition and actively practices his or
her faith.

 

Parents and Sponsors/Christian Witnesses are required to attend one catechetical session with the parish Deacon, Rich Heineman,
to review the theology of Baptism and review the ceremony.

 

Baptisms are typically celebrated within weekend liturgies, but they may also be celebrated at other times, families should speak with
the minister of the sacrament regarding exceptions.  Baptisms are not celebrated during the Season of Lent.

 

Adults and children of catechetical age (6 years and older) who would like to be initiated into the Catholic Church are asked to
participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The process usually begins in the autumn of the year and
candidates are initiated into the Church at the Great Vigil of Easter.

 

Adults who have been baptized in another Christian tradition who would like to become Catholic are likewise invited to participate
in the RCIA.  Please contact Mary Majkozak, Director of Faith Formation and RCIA. for more information on baptism.