The Sacrament of Baptism, the first of the sacraments of initiation, is our entrance into the Church. Through Baptism, we are cleansed of Original Sin and receive sanctifying grace, the life of God within our souls. That grace prepares us for the reception of the other sacraments and helps us to live our lives as Christians—in other words, to rise about the cardinal virtues, which can be practiced by anyone, to the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, which can only be practiced through the grace of God.
Baptism of infant/children is done by appointment, typically on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of each month, following the 11am Mass. Baptism during the Mass is also available on request.
Parents are required to attend a preparation program once before the baptism of their children. The program is offered by Deacon Bob Staab on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.
Please contact the Parish Office, 521-7274, to schedule a Baptism and to register for the class.
Baptism starts things off.
After his Baptism in the Jordon, Jesus became very public. So, too, for each us. We are saved, surely, in Baptism. But we are also sent. The clarity we have today is that we are sent to be missionary disciples – sent to proclaim mercy, sent to be justice. Sent. Maybe sent to my family or neighborhood, maybe sent to where I work, maybe sent to my school, maybe sent to.... How will I behave this week as one who is both saved and sent?
Eliot Kapitan, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois