Sacrament of Baptism

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“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” (Catechism, 1213).

Baptism of Infants

is celebrated the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00pm throughout the year in the upper church. Please schedule an appointment with a Sister Alice Walsh, I.H.M., to arrange for baptism.

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month at 1:00 p.m. in the upper church. Those requesting Baptism for their child are required to attend a Pre-Jordan Baptism Class with Sister Alice Walsh. This class is held on the second Thursday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the Rectory.

We are pleased to welcome priests and deacons who may be friends or members of the family to celebrate baptism. Please contact Sister Alice to make arrangements.

Godparents

The role of Godparents is a “truly ecclesial function”: a special role in the Church and in the life of the baptized person. Therefore godparents must obtain a letter of eligibility from their parishes to certify that they meet the Church’s requirements for this role:

  • A child must have at least one eligible sponsor; he or she may have two godparents, in which case one is a man and the other is a woman.
  • The godparent must not be a parent of the one to be baptized.
  • The godparent must be:
    • at least sixteen years of age;
    • a fully-initiated Catholic; that is, he or she has received Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion;
    • a practicing Catholic; that is, he or she attends Mass every Sunday and holyday, receives the sacraments regularly, and, if married, is married in the Church.
  • Along with an eligible sponsor, a baptized person who belongs to a non-Catholic Christian church or ecclesial community (i.e., Episcopal, Protestant, evangelical, etc.) may be admitted as a Christian witness to the baptism.(Code of Canon Law, c. 874; cf. Catechism, 1255)

Children over age 7

Children of catechetical age (that is, over the age of seven), are prepared for baptism either through the parish school or the parish Religious Education Program (CCD). The pace and scope of the program respond to the particular needs of the individual child.

Teens

Teens who have reached seventh-grade or higher are prepared to receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion through our RCIA program.

Adults

Adults who have never been baptized are prepared to receive Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion through our RCIA program.