…it gives us new birth in Christ, makes us sharers in the mystery of his death and resurrection, grants the forgiveness of sin and brings us new freedom as God’s children and members of his ChurchPope Francis
For the Catholic, Baptism means participating in Jesus’ death and then resurrection; to go into the water and emerge a renewed child of God.
Baptism of Infants
Sacramental preparation classes are offered for parents of infants and children through six years old. Godparents are welcome to attend as well.
These sessions discuss the theological and spiritual meaning of the sacrament of Baptism and what this means for parents and godparents. There is also time devoted to learning about religious development in early childhood.
Baptisms are celebrations of a child’s initiation into the Eucharistic community, and therefore ordinarily take place during Mass once a month, except during Lent.
Baptism of Older Children
Children seven years and older are required to participate in a more formal process called Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults adapted for Children (RCIC) also known as The Children’s Catechumen modeled after our adult process of Christian initiation called Rites of Christian Initiation of Adult (RCIA). These children will be prepared to receive sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Baptism of Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process of welcoming, forming, and catechizing new Catholics. It is also the process used for baptized Catholics who have not completed their sacraments of initiation: Confirmation and First Eucharist. Its goal is to foster and deepen the conversion of individuals and the entire community of believers.