"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, 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 in the word."
For those wishing to receive Baptism for either themselves or their children, please adhere to the following guidelines per the Catholic Code of Cannon Law:
It is the responsibility of Catholic parents to arrange for their children to be baptized as soon after birth as is reasonable. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the place of baptism is within the parents' parish church. At the time of a child's baptism, the parents, and those designated as sponsors (Godparents) undertake the responsibility of ensuring that the child is brought up in the Catholic faith.
For adults, or children who have "reached the age of reason" to be baptized, he or she must have have "manifested the intention to receive baptism, have been instructed sufficiently about the truths of the faith and Christian obligations, and have been tested in the Christian life through the catechumenate." (Code of Cannon Law 865)
Adults wishing to enter the Catholic faith are welcomed to do so by participating in the 'Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults' (RCIA) program. (See Below - Contact Us)
A Baptismal Sponsor, or Godparent, is an individual either selected by the person to be baptized - or in the case of infants, their parents. It is the responsibility of the Sponsor(s) to help their baptized
candidate live, learn about and grow in their Catholic faith.
A baptismal candidate may have one or two Sponsors. In the event that two Sponsors are designated, there must be one male and one female Sponsor.
In order to quality as a candidate for a Baptismal Sponsor, one must themselves be a baptized and practicing Catholic who has reached the age of 16 and has both celebrated their First Eucharist and Confirmation. The Baptismal Sponsors are to be persons other than the parents of a child being baptized.
To learn more, or begin the process of Baptism through our parish, please