Baptism is the first and necessary sacrament to become a Christian. Baptism can be undertaken at any age. Baptism frees us from sin and makes us members of the Christian community. We become sons and daughters of God.
Baptism is modeled upon the baptism of Christ Himself. Water is used to symbolize death to sin, life in Christ and the cleansing of the soul from all sin, including original sin. The words used are, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Typically, a priest or deacon is the one who baptizes.
Understanding the Sacrament:
“No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.”John 3:5
Welcome to the family! While we don’t yet know the journey that brought you to this page on this website; while we may not know you yet by name or face, we have been praying for you and we are so glad you are here.
Here’s the good news:
“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.” CCC 1213
Welcome to the sacrament of Baptism, which is the greatest gift you will ever give or receive.
“Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift…We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilty; Baptism because sin is buried in the water; anointing for it is priestly and royal as are those who are anointed; enlightenment because it radiates light; clothing since it veils our shame; bath because it washes; and seal as it our guard and the sign of God’s Lordship.”St. Gregory of Nazianzus, 329-390AD
Baptism for an Infant
Step 1. If you haven’t already, we invite you to register as a member of the parish.
Step 2. Fill out this form to indicate your interest in having your child baptized at Our Lady, and to register for our Baptism & Beyond Parent Formation Session.
Step 3. Meet with the office staff responsible for Baptism who will reach out to you after receiving your Formation Session registration.
Step 4. Attend the Formation Session
Step 5. Choose sponsors/godparents based on the guidelines provided. Obtain letters of good standing from their parish if it is not Our Lady. This must be completed in order to schedule the baptism.
Step 6. Schedule the sacrament using the information given to you at the Formation Session.
Baptism for Adults
Adults seeking Baptism in the Catholic Church receive the sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA.
If you have questions about baptism at Our Lady, please let us know! Call the church office at 614.875.3322 or email us below!