What is Baptism?

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation.  It is the Sacrament through which we are formally welcomed into God's holy family, becoming His children.  Baptism is available people of all ages, infants, older children, and adults alike.

In Baptism, all sins, large and small, are washed away.  We are, what the Bible calls, "born again" (John 3:3) and "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

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.     

Infant Baptism

While some Christian denominations believe that only people who have reached "the age of reason" can be baptized, the Catholic Church believes that infants and small children (under the age of 7) should be baptized at the earliest possible convenience.   

Baptism is, after all, a initiation into God's Holy family.  As Jesus taught: "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:14).

Would You Like to Have Your Child Baptized? 

One class is required for parents and sponsors.  You can generally find announcements for upcoming classes listed in the bulletin. 

For additional information on baptism classes, please contact Deacon Alvin.

Adult Baptism

Adults, young and old, wishing to become Catholic can be baptized.  Generally some catechesis (i.e. religious instruction) will be required.  Young adults (those under the age of 18) may be directed to our CCD or Youth RCIA programs.  Older individuals my be required to go through our adult RCIA program.  

Is Baptism Required?

If you have been validly baptized in another Christian denomination, you are not "re-baptized" in the Catholic Church.  In point of fact, we don't believe in such a thing.  As the ancient Creed makes clear, we believe in "one baptism for the forgiveness of sins".  

To be a valid baptism, the rite only requires (1) that the Trinitarian form found the Bible was used, that is, "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit" and (2) that water is used in the rite.


For additional information on the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact Deacon Alvin.