Baptism

Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.

Catechism

Baptism

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love. We become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church, and made sharers in the Church’s mission. Through the waters of Baptism, sin is forgiven and the new Christian, having died with Christ, rises to new and everlasting life with God.

Adult Baptism

Since the beginning of the Church, adults have been welcomed into the church through Baptism after a period of instruction, prayer, and reflection. For more information about the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, go to Faith Life page to learn more about RCIA program or contact Maureen Fullam, RCIA Director, at the Parish House.

For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity. It helps them respond more deeply to God’s gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community. This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus.

Our four children were Baptized at St. Ignatius Loyola and each time touched our hearts as parents and felt so thankful and blessed. As our children grow, they enjoy looking at their Baptismal pictures and hearing their own special story and the importance of being welcomed into the Church.

Brigid Hutchinson

Infant Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism for infants is celebrated in a communal ceremony on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Ceremonies begin at 10:00 AM and at 1:00 PM in the main church. Parents are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start. Space, as well as the number of guests, is limited. Parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Infant Baptism is a Sacrament where children are freed from sin, reborn in the Holy Spirit, and welcomed into our community of faith, the family of God. Like all of the sacraments, Baptism is primarily about our connection to Jesus Christ. Jesus was baptized at the beginning of his ministry, and baptism has been a hallmark of Christian identity since the time of the apostles. Baptism is the very mark of a Christian because it brings us into a new life in Christ.

Baptism Preparation Class

The Baptism preparation class is designed for parents to prayerfully prepare for their child’s Baptism by understanding the spiritual significance of this event. Parents are asked to reflect on their own Baptism and its effect and meaning in their lives as they come together as a family to the waters of Baptism.

New parents are required to take the course prior to their child’s Baptism. Though the class is designed for parents, godparents are welcome, but not required, to attend.

If you are having your child or godchild baptized in another church, you are welcome to attend the class. A certificate will be provided at the end of the session.

For more information about the baptism preparation class, contact:

Maureen Haley at [email protected]