We become members of Christ and the Church through the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist.
Each year during the Easter Vigil, the water that will be used in baptism is blessed.
Knowing that Baptism is necessary for salvation, parents have their child baptized. Baptism signifies the child’s entrance into the Church. The community of believers and the parents make a commitment to care for and teach this child as he or she is raised in the Catholic faith.
In the celebration of Baptism, water is poured over the child’s head. This action is a symbol of dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ. The celebrant proclaims “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
The child being baptized is anointed with two oils; the oil of catechumens is put on the chest, and chrism is put on the top of the head. Oil is a symbol of strength and healing.
A candle is lit during the celebration. This shows that the child baptized is asked to keep the flame of faith alive in his or her heart.
Through Baptism a child receives forgiveness of original sin as well as personal sins. The newly baptized child receives sanctifying grace and is sealed with a permanent spiritual mark. This is why Baptism can be celebrated only once.
How soon should my child be baptized?
Children should be baptized within the first weeks after birth. Arrangements may be made before the child is born. Baptism should not be put off simply in order to have an elaborate celebration party afterward.
I (we) am not married. Can my child be baptized?
Yes, a child may be baptized as long as there is a reasonable, well-founded hope that they will be brought up in the Catholic faith. If you are not married in the Church, this might be time to consider doing so. Please speak to one of the priests about this.
How many godparents?
Canon Law says that there should be one or two godparents. If there are two, they should be male and female. Two godparents of the same sex are not allowed.
We are not catholic. Can our child be baptized catholic?
Yes, a child can be baptized a Catholic, but only if one of the parents becomes Catholic. This takes several months. Please speak to one of the priests for further details.
Scheduling a Baptism
St. Patrick’s celebrates Baptisms on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
First time Parents are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation class to learn about the significance of the Sacrament of Baptism and their responsibility to bring up their child in the practice of their faith. Godparents are encouraged, but not required, to attend. This meeting is usually conducted by one of our Priests and/or Deacon.
Baptismal Preparation Class is offered on the fourth Sunday of every month in Murray Hall (Lower Church) at 10:30 a.m. Pre-Registration is not required. Please refer to the church bulletin to confirm the date of the class.
You can register for a baptism date by completing a baptismal registration form (click for Reg Form)
Choosing a Godparent
Godparents should be practicing Catholics, so as to give the example of Catholic Faith and regular practice to the child they are sponsoring.
There may be one or two Godparents. When there are two Godparents, one must be male (Godfather) and the other must be female (Godmother)
One Godparent must be age 16 or older and a baptized Catholic who has received Eucharist and Confirmation.
Non-Catholic Christians who practice their tradition of Christian faith regularly may serve as Christian witnesses to the Catholic Baptism of the child.
It is not possible for a non-Christian to sponsor an infant into the Roman Catholic Faith by Baptism.
Godparents who are not able to be physically present at the Baptism ceremony may choose a proxy to stand in place at the Baptism.