Baptism is the foundation of our life in Christ. Through water and the power of the Holy Spirit, Baptism bestows God’s grace on a person, frees the recipient from sin, and makes the person a member of the body of Christ. From the earliest days of the Church, the Sacrament of Baptism has been the rite through which people proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ and enter into the Church community. Today, as it was in the days of the apostles, water is poured over the head of the person being baptized while the celebrant proclaims, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
The Sacrament of Baptism can be celebrated at any age, but because of the significance this sacrament, the Catholic Church and our parish have some guidelines and important information to be used in planning for the baptism.
At St. John Neumann Parish, infant and child Baptisms are celebrated the first and third Sunday of the month at 1:15 pm. If the child to be baptized is 7 years of age or older, further instruction will need to happen prior to the celebration. We are pleased to share the responsibility of helping you prepare for this celebration.
Pre-Baptism classes are offered at Saint John Neumann every other month on a Wednesday evening. Please speak to a member of our parish staff to register for a class and schedule your child’s baptism.
God bless you in preparing for this important first Sacrament.