Baptism, which is the first sacrament we receive, opens the door to all the other sacraments. Through Baptism, a person becomes a Christian and a member of the Church. Baptism is the beginning of our discipleship in Jesus Christ.
The Church baptizes infants, children, teenagers, and adults.
Infants are baptized when their parents assume the responsibility of assuring that the children will be given the opportunity and example to discover Jesus Christ and his teachings within the Roman Catholic faith.
Families who are having a baby baptized at Saint Mary's for the first time participate in a gathering periodically held on Friday evenings. At the gathering, parents explore the meaning of Baptism, our faith as Catholics, as well as Christian parenting. Prospective Godparents are invited to attend this Friday night gathering as well. A schedule of these evenings is available through the parish office.
School-age children and adults prepare for Baptism by participating in a process of formation called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Participants in the RCIA process receive guidance and support on their journey into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
Some additional insights into the Sacrament of Baptism can be seen at http://bustedhalo.com/video/baptism.
The entry of a new child into God's church is an event we share with the whole family of St. Mary's along with your family. Therefore, baptisms are celebrated at one of the weekend Masses.
For more information concerning the Sacrament of Baptism, please contact the parish office at: 508.278.2226 or by our parish email.
Please review the Guidelines for selecting Godparents for your child before making any decisions about asking anyone to stand as the Godparent(s) of your child.