Having Your Child Baptized

 

We are so pleased to hear that you would like to have your child baptized in our community. It's a pretty simple process.

For children under the age of seven, you can call our parish office. We do require you to attend a "Baptismal Preparation Session" to talk about what Baptism is and what it means to be baptized. This is generally done in one or two meetings. We will talk about

  • Why do we baptize at all?
  • Why do we baptize children?
  • What is the role of godparents?
  • How you might live as a Christian and teach your child by example.

For children over the age of seven, we will need to meet with you to determine the particular circumstances. Generally, the child will be entered into RCIC, which stands for "Rite of Christian Initiation for Children." It follows the rituals of the RCIA designed for adults but it is age-based. Your child will learn the basics of our Catholic faith appropriate for his or her age group. After completing the RCIC, he or she will enter the regular religion classes for his or her age group. If your child has already been attending a Catholic school, that will count as most of their religious education. As I say, for children the RCIC is evaluated on a case by case basis.

Generally, all baptisms are performed during Sunday Mass, as the sacraments are a community celebration. The child becomes a member of the community in baptism and, so, it is strongly desirable to celebrate baptisms in the presence of the community. If there is a need for you to have your child baptized outside of Mass, please bring it to our intention when you call us.

To help you understand the Rite of Baptism, here is a flowchart that outlines the rite.

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