Preparation for Baptism: Infant and Children
Children are a miracle, a gift from God’s hand to parents’ hearts. God has a deep and eternal love for children and for parents. St. John’s is delighted when parents chose to have their children Baptized in the Catholic faith. Baptism is a Sacrament the Catholic Church takes seriously. The responsibility to prepare, nurture and support parents as they prepare to bring their child to the font and to continue that relationship beyond the day of Baptism is a ministry of service and teaching. St. John’s has established an approach to Baptism that tries to respond to the various needs and concerns of parents. We recognize that the questions of first time parents, or families returning to parish life after a lengthy absence, are different from those who have multiple children and have a consistent relationship with the parish. It is our hope that all families preparing for and celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism will experience the grace and love of Christ.
Baptisms are celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month following the 10:00 am Mass.
If this is your first child you will be required to take a preparation program. (You will not be required to take this program if you have had other children, or you have previously taken a baptismal preparation program.) This program will complete the preparation requirement for baptism, you will learn more about St. John’s, get additional information, and have the opportunity to become members. Once the class is complete we can solidify the final date for the Sacrament of Baptism.
Preparation for Baptism: Adults and Older Teens
Generally, adults and older teens prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Baptism in connection to the parish Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This formation program assists people in learning more about life in the Catholic faith. The candidates for R.C.I.A. will celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation at Easter Vigil Mass.