Sacraments - Baptism
“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” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213).
The Sacrament of Baptism celebrates the very essence of our Christian Faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It initiates one into the body of Christ, the parish faith community. Since the parents’ decision to bring their child into the church entails the important responsibility of raising their child in the faith, St. Mary’s has the following guidelines in place to ensure that parents have an understanding of the commitment they are undertaking.
Baptisms are held on the second and third weekends of each month. Baptisms on the second weekend are group baptisms and occur after the 10:30 AM Mass. Baptisms on the third weekend occur during all the Masses. For more information, contact the parish office.
Rites of Christian Initiation of Children
Sacramental preparation for children seven years or older who have not been baptized or catechized in the Catholic faith is offered through the Christian Formation Program. Families looking to have their children baptized should call the parish office at least three months prior to the desired baptismal date. The family will be connected to one of our mentor families for a baptism preparation session. For more information, contact the parish office.
Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
This sacrament is for those who are seeking initiation into the Catholic Church. They will be prepared through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). All are invited to prepare for full initiation into the Church through this process:
- Any adult not yet baptized and who wishes to become Catholic.
- Any adult baptized in another Christian Church who wishes to become Catholic.
- Any adult baptized in the Catholic Church, but not raised in the faith and who seeks complete initiation (Confirmation and First Eucharist).
Adults seeking Confirmation are invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. For more information, contact the parish office.