Baptism

Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

Mt 28:19-28

Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word – Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) 1213

At Baptism, we embrace a unique vision and set of values: those of the community of the Church, whose values prioritize love for God, self, others, and all of creation.

Catechesis for the Sacrament of Baptism is directed primarily to parents who are registered in the parish and have regular attendance at the weekend Mass for at least three months. The parents are required to attend Baptismal Preparation classes.

Baptism at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

  • Contact the SJB office for initial interview and additional information.

  • Meet with the priest at the church or in your home and receive all necessary paperwork.

  • Successfully complete Baptism class

  • Turn in completed paperwork to the SJB office.

  • Schedule Sacramental date.

    Note: All participants must be at the church 30 minutes prior to Baptism for rehearsal.

  • Child’s Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Request Form
  • Baptismal Application
  • Baptism Class Completion Certificate
  • Church Permission Form (only if needed)

Together with the parents, to present an infant for Baptism, and help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with Baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connect with it.” – Canon Law 872

Your child will need at least one Catholic Godparent. A Christian Witness, someone baptized in another denomination, or a Catholic who has not been confirmed, may stand with the Catholic Sponsor.

Documents Needed:
  • Godparent/sponsor eligibility form signed by a priest.

If you are seeking Baptism as an adult, visit our Becoming Catholic page. We are happy to celebrate your Baptism and your initiation into supernatural life.

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The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ.

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