In baptism, the first sacrament of initiation, we welcome new members into the Christian faith. Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey of faith. While infant baptism is the norm in the Catholic Church, one can be baptized at any age.
Infants and children ages 6 and younger
Parents wishing to have their child baptized need to complete two baptism preparation sessions if they have not done so in the past three years. This session will help parents come to a deeper understanding of the sacrament and the commitment they themselves make in bringing their child for baptism. For a schedule of baptism preparation sessions or to schedule the baptism itself, contact the parish office.
Children older than 6
Children 7 and older who are preparing for baptism enter into a program of preparation similar to adults who are asking for baptism. When they are initiated into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil, the night before Easter, they are not only baptized, but they are also confirmed and receive First Eucharist. Contact our Director of Christian Formation for more information.
Adults who wish to be baptized enter into a process of preparation that we call RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). This process begins with inquiry sessions that let you ask your questions and help you decide if the Catholic Church is the church for you. If you decide to pursue initiation into the church, you will be part of a group of people who will meet to study more fully our Catholic teachings and the Christian way of life. You will then be baptized, confirmed and receive Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Contact our Director of Christian Formation for more information.