Baptism

Adult

Adults who have never been baptized participate in the RCIA process – the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This process requires a formal preparation period for interested women and men [18 years of age and older]. Inquirers are presented the official doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church through attendance at weekly sessions [catechesis], Bible study [scripture], Mass attendance [liturgy], prayer forms [spiritual development], and community service [social justice]. Adults are prepared for all three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist [Communion]. Adults who have been baptized in other recognized non-Catholic Christian religions, and who are interested in becoming Catholic, may also participate in the RCIA process. They are prepared to make a formal, professed belief in the Catholic Church and to receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. This special celebration for adults takes place yearly at the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday. Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.

Teens & Children Over 7 Years

Teens and children older than 7 years of age who have never been baptized participate in the RCIA process as adapted for Children. This process requires two years of formal preparation during which the youth are taught the official doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church through attendance at weekly classes. The first year is focused on general Church teachings. The second year, they are prepared for all three Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist [Communion]. The special celebration for these sacraments takes place yearly at the Easter Vigil liturgy on Holy Saturday. Teens and older children who want to be Catholic but have been baptized in other non-Catholic religions may also participate in the RCIA/C process. Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.

Infants & Young Children

The Sacrament of Baptism for infants is celebrated each Saturday of the month in English at 10:00am and bi-monthly in Spanish at 9:00am. Parents requesting Baptism should call the Church Office for an appointment to register for the pre-Baptism class. Required documents include: the child’s official birth certificate [with state seal]; godparents full name, address and proof of confirmation.

Parent preparation: also includes active participation in parish worship [attending Mass weekly], as well as attendance at the pre-Baptism class. Godparents are required to attend the class.

Godparent(s): -only one is required- must be practicing Catholic(s) at least 16 years of age, have received the 3 Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation, and, if married, they must be in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. Contact the Church Office for more information, and visit our Infant Baptism Requirements.