Baptism is the first of the three “Sacraments of Christian Initiation.” Confirmation and Eucharist are the others. Baptism welcomes the person into the family of God and membership in the Body of Christ. It is a sacrament we receive only once.
Baptism is the greatest gift a person can receive, whether as an infant, child, or adult. Baptism frees us from sin and starts us on our life-long journey to know and love God. Baptism is not something to “get done” because of family tradition. It is the entry into a Catholic Christian community and a life of faith in Jesus Christ. This is why the Catholic Church encourages baptism in infancy rather than waiting until a child can choose for his/herself. Why deprive a child of God’s special love and a good start in a life of faith by delaying baptism until later?
Here are some frequently asked questions (and their answers) about the sacrament of baptism.
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How do I arrange baptism for my baby?
Do I have to attend a class in order to have my baby baptized?
My child is older. How do I arrange for baptism?
Baptism of second grade children is administered at the time of Confirmation and First Eucharist, usually each spring. Special preparation for baptism will be offered in religious education classes.
Baptism of junior high or high school age children is administered either at the Easter Vigil or on Easter Sunday. These children will receive additional preparation for their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) throughout the school year to prepare them for the Easter celebration.
I am an adult. How can I be baptized in the Catholic Church?
I was baptized in another faith. Do I have to be re-baptized?
Who can be a godparent?
A non-Catholic baptized in a recognized Christian faith may serve as a “Christian Witness” to a baptism.
Can I have only one godparent?
Two godmothers or two godfathers are not permitted.