Baptism is one of the three sacraments of Christian Initiation (along with Confirmation and the Eucharist) through which Catholics are incorporated as full members of the Church.
- is the foundation for the Christian life;
- confers sanctifying grace, that is, God’s life;
- gives the baptized a new birth in which he or she becomes a child of God;
- cleanses people from original sin and any personal sin (older children & adults);
- incorporates members into the life, practices and mission of the Church;
- imprints on their souls an indelible character that prepares them for worship, and is necessary for the salvation of those who have heard the gospel.
Infant Baptism for Children up to Age 7
- For children up to age 7 baptism is celebrated several Sundays each month at 3 PM. Baptism is also celebrated at the 12:00 noon Mass on the last Sunday of each month.
- The Baptism rite in Spanish is celebrated once a month on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 PM, and twice a month at the 1:30 PM Spanish Mass.
- The Church teaches that parents are the primary educators of their child in the faith. In keeping with this belief, the Bishops of the United States ask that parents presenting an infant for Baptism must participate in a Baptismal Preparation session.
Baptismal Preparation Session for Parents of Children up to Age 7
- Offered at St. Michael Parish one evening a month in English, and once a month in Spanish. Preparation focuses on the spiritual and practical aspects of Baptism. The months of pregnancy, or waiting for an adoption to finalize, are perfect for preparing yourselves to become the faith-filled parents that your new child will need. No need to wait until baby is born!
- Preparation sessions are scheduled from 7-8:30 PM.
- Topics covered:
- The Important role of Catholic parents and godparents in passing on the faith.
- Reflection on the life of the family and expectations of the Church.
- History of the Sacrament of Baptism.
- Meaning of the Sacrament.
- Explanation of the Rite of Baptism and the symbols that are used.
To register for the Baptismal Preparation session, and to make arrangements for the Baptism date for a baby or child under 7 years old, please call Marcia Farrell in the Parish Office at 708-873-4610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism for Children Ages 7 through Age 12
Baptism for children age 7 through age 12 is celebrated following the completion of a preparation process similar to the adult preparation. Parents participate in the preparation sessions along with their child.
To initiate the process for the Baptism of a child age 7 through 12, and for more information, contact Marcia Farrell in the Parish Office at 708-873-4610 or email@example.com.
Baptism for Teens Ages 13-18
Baptism for teens is celebrated at the yearly Easter Vigil liturgy the evening before Easter Sunday. They receive their First Eucharist and Confirmation at that same liturgy. Preparation takes place through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
To make arrangements for the Baptism of a teen and for more information on the RCIA process, contact Pat Chuchla at 708-873-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptism for Adults – College Age and Older
Baptism for adults is celebrated at the yearly Easter Vigil liturgy the evening before Easter Sunday. These adults receive their First Eucharist and Confirmation at that same liturgy. Preparation takes place through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).
To make arrangements for the Baptism of an adult and for more information on the RCIA process, contact Sr. Marietta Umlor at 708-873-4634 or email@example.com.
If You Were Baptized in Another Christian Faith and Wish to Join the Catholic Church
If an adult or child has been baptized in another Christian faith, many times that Baptism is recognized as valid by the Catholic Church. If the Christian baptism is recognized, the adult or child enters the Catholic Church by making a Profession of Faith. Following a suitable period of catechesis, an appropriate time is discerned for the individual to come before the community and profess belief in what our Church believes, teaches and holds as true. Depending on the age and circumstances, First Eucharist and Confirmation may also be administered at the same time.
If the Christian baptism is not recognized by the Catholic Church, the adult or child would go through the process for Baptism specific to their age group.
Contact Marcia Farrell in the Parish Office at 708-873-4610 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will direct you to the correct process.