Baptism is the initial sacrament of faith. Through Baptism, we are freed from Original Sin and are welcomed into the community of the Catholic Church.
Congratulations on your desire to have your child baptized. It will be a joyous occasion for your family and our parish. In choosing baptism for an infant, the parents and the community accept the responsibility to continue the faith development of the baptized through the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation and growth towards Christian maturity.
We ask that families presenting their child for baptism be registered members of our parish. Parents are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Class within the last 2 years in order to have their child baptized. Classes are offered once a month at All Saints. The preparation class may be taken at another parish. If the class is not taken at All Saints, the parents must provide proof of attendance from the other parish.
Godparents assist the parents in raising the child in the Catholic faith by being an example in living the faith and by supporting and encouraging the child to live out their faith. For the baptism at least one Catholic godparent is needed but ordinarily there are two – one male and one female. The requirements for a godparent are that they are 16 years old or older, have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, First Communion and Confirmation), and are an active, practicing Catholic. They must provide a letter from the parish they are registered at stating they are a Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church and able to act as a godparent. In addition to one Catholic godparent a Christian witness (a person of a non-Catholic Christian community) of the opposite sex may be included in the celebration.
Parents should contact the Baptism Coordinator as soon as possible to begin the process.
The sacramental formation of adults and the process by which they are initiated into the Church is known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or R.C.I.A. These sessions are designed to help adults grow in awareness to God's call to conversion as well as in ways to respond to that call. We welcome adults (and children over the age of 7) who have never been baptized or who have been baptized in another Christian denomination, to join us on the next R.C.I.A. journey.
We accept registrations for sacrament prep classes for adults who have been baptized Catholic, but have not celebrated either of the sacraments of Confirmation or Eucharist or both.
Sessions begin each fall. Contact the Director of R.C.I.A. to register.
For additional information call 480.985.7655.