SACRAMENT of BAPTISM
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. Those Baptized are reborn as children of God, become part of the family of Jesus, become members of the Church and share in the mission of the Church.
Baptism (together with Confirmation and Eucharist) reveals how God wants each of us to belong to Him. This connection with God also connects us to every other Baptized person prompting us to care for others and form a community of faith and love with other believers that continue to reveal God’s love to the world.
Baptism also reveals our purpose in life: to know, love and serve God in all kinds of ways, but especially through one another.
The prayers of Baptism demonstrate how the love of parents for their child reflect the way God looks at each person.
How to register your child for the Sacrament of Baptism
The following directions apply to infants and children under 7 years of age. Children 7 to 16 years of age, will instead prepare to receive the Sacraments with children in their age range in the RCIC Program (see information below)
At St. Bernadette Church, parents are welcome to present their children to receive the Sacrament of Baptism. Recognizing the busy lives of many families, the process of preparing for Baptism is flexible. Most of the preparation is completed online at home at whatever pace the parents feel comfortable with.
Directions for accessing the preparation material will be given in an email to those families who have completed a Baptismal Registration Form (see below)
After registering their child, parents must schedule an appointment with the priest to get the process started.