“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…”  

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213

Baptism is the first step into initiation in the Church.  At baptism the individual receives God’s grace and becomes a member of God’s family.


There are two rites of Baptism:

1.  The Rite of Baptism for Children is used exclusively for children under the age of reason (seven years or Grade 2).

2.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, (adapted for children) is used for everyone over the age of reason (eight years…).

Parents are the primary teachers of faith to their children.  Parents take a Baptism Preparation Course prior to their child’s baptism.  At their child’s Baptism, parents promise to raise their child in the Catholic faith.

For Baptism Preparation contact your local Parish.

See RCIA for Baptism Preparation for persons over the age of reason.

For more information see:

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a process for welcoming adults into the Roman Catholic Church.

A similar process is offered for children who have reached the age of reason (seven years or grade 2).

Contact the local parish to inquire about the RCIA process.