Congratulations on your child's first step towards life in Christ! Infants and children under the age of 7 may be baptized and you as a parent make a profession of faith for them, promising to raise them according to the law of Christ and his Church. You should call the parish to set up a time to prepare and plan for the baptism.
Adults or children over age 7 may be baptized after a period of reflection and catechesis appropriate to their age. Contact us to find out more about this preparation time, or visit the Christian Initiation (RCIA) page for more information.
Please contact Anna Buckley for RCIC and Father Kevin for RCIA.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is the first sacrament we receive. It is the one that makes us Christians by sharing in the very life of Jesus Christ. Baptism recreates our very being as alter Christus, another Christ. Baptism wipes away Original Sin and all the sins one has ever committed. In the Catholic tradition, one needs to be baptized with water according to the Trinitarian formula, "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
Baptism at St. Luke's
A baby’s baptism is a time of celebration and great joy for the parents and for our parish community! Baptism is the first Sacrament a child receives and is a sacred event in which the child becomes an adopted daughter or son of God. The child becomes a new creation in Christ and is given the gift of eternal salvation.
The following guidelines are intended to help facilitate a child’s baptism. We hope parents will find this information helpful.
The first step is for a parent to contact the Parish Office to register for the Sacrament of Baptism. Parents will then receive a booklet setting out the requirements in detail. Those requirements include the following:
Two options are provided for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. A child may be baptized at a regular Saturday Vigil or Sunday Mass. A second option is a baptism celebrated outside of the Mass and these are generally held on the Second and Fourth Sundays of the month after the 11:30 am Mass.
Sponsors for Baptism
The role of a sponsor / godparent is pivotal to the faith development of a baptized person. Sponsors witness the Catholic faith to the baptized. Please see below for sponsor requirements. Certificates may be obtained from the parish you are registered at. A non-Catholic Christian may be a Christian witness at the baptism.
Those wishing to be a sponsor for Baptism or Confirmation must meet the following requirements: