Baptism is the first step in our initiation into the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. However, baptism is not just a relationship between God and us. Baptism incorporates us into a community of faith – the Body of Christ, the Church. In fact, baptism celebrates the faith that transforms the lives of the parents and of the community, a faith that is shared by word and example with the newly baptized infant. Parents must understand clearly the Christian meaning of baptism, and must choose freely to celebrate the sacrament as being a time of growth in their own relationship with God and the Christian community. Baptism is only the beginning. It is not a one-time “inoculation” to be doled out like a flu shot. Baptism needs growth, nourishment, and development just as does the baby’s physical body.
The parish community helps parents prepare for the Baptism of infants or young children by helping parents to understand their role in their child’s spiritual life and growth, and by supporting them in undertaking this task. Preparation session includes discussion of our Catholic faith and an explanation of the symbols and baptismal rite.
An interview is required with the baptismal preparation couple if this is a first child or new parish family.
Contact Carol LoPorto using the information below.
We welcome adults who wish to be baptized to contact John Konicek to discuss the steps and journey through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program at the parish. Read more information about the program on our formation page.
Contact Carol LoPorto using the information below
Family InitiationBaptism ~ Confirmation ~ Eucharist
- Children age 7 through grade 5 – Not Baptized
- Children in Grades 4 & 5 wishing to be fully initiated into the Church
We welcome your family to Family Initiation. Family Initiation is for any family with children age 7 through Grade 5, unbaptized or baptized in another faith, and wishing to become Catholic or fully initiated into the Roman Catholic Faith.
The Family Initiation Team, in an interactive way, will explore the life of Jesus and present the fundamentals of the Catholic Faith, so that the children may receive their sacraments at the Easter Vigil and enter into full communion with the Church.
Contact Gerri Porteous using the information below.
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Youth InitiationBaptism ~ Confirmation ~ Eucharist
- Grade 5 through High School
We are here to help our youth become Catholic.
Contact Diane Kar using the information below.
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