In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus taught that Baptism was necessary for salvation. “No one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit” (Jn 3:5). After his Resurrection, Jesus met with the eleven Apostles and gave them the commission to preach the Gospel and baptize, telling them, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk 16:16).
The word baptism in its origins is Greek and means “immersion” and “bath.” Immersion in water is a sign of death and emersion out of the water means new life. To bathe in water is also to undergo cleansing. Saint Paul sums up this truth when he says, “You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead” (Col 2:12).
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. “He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake . . . to begin a new creation through the Spirit and water” (St. Gregory Nazianzen, Liturgy of the Hours, I, 634).
Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will. Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father.
By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin—Original and actual—and begin to live a new life with God.
“Catholic parents preparing for the baptism of their infant are expected to participate in a process of sacramental preparation before the baptism of their child. Godparents may also be encouraged to participate.”
(Archdiocesan Policy 101.3.1)
- On request for infant baptism, the call will be directed to Pastoral Associate Matthew Brophy, who will arrange a time to meet with the couple.
- At the first session an interview with both parents will take place. The purpose of this interview is to provide added catechesis for the couple, provide an opportunity to encourage parents to complete their own initiation into full membership with the church, if desired, and to complete the form with all the necessary information for the baptism.
- A second session is required for both parents. The formation sessions are held on Friday evenings on Sunday mornings. The schedule of dates will be available to you at the initial interview with Matthew Brophy At this session the catechesis related to the sacrament of baptism and the rite, as well as parenting experiences and family faith development, will be conducted by the minister and/or the parent couples who have previously had their first or second child baptized.
This policy applies to all infants up to 3 years old. Children who are 3, 4 and 5 years old are to be catechized according to arrangements made by the minister during the first session, e.g. RCIC, Family group, etc.
Baptisms begin at 1:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. Baptism at a Sunday Liturgy is possible according to the Parish Schedule.
This policy applies to all couples regardless of the number of children previously baptized. The Church suggests a minimal offering of $50 (or more if you would like) on the day of baptism.
Baptism & Baptismal Preparation Dates
Sunday at 1:00 PM
- April 30 (5th Sunday)
- May 7th (First Sunday)
- May 21 (3rd Sunday)
- June 11th
- June 25th
- July 9th
- July 23rd
- August 13th
- August 27th
- September 10th
- September 24th
- October 8th
- October 22nd
- November 12th
- November 26th
- December 10th
- Friday, April 21st 7:00pm
- Thursday, May4th, 11:00am
- Friday, May 19th, 7:00pm
- Sunday, June 4th, 11:00am
- Friday, June 16th, 7:00pm
- Friday, July 7th, 7:00pm
- Friday, July 21st, 7:00 pm
- Thursday, August 3rdth 7:00pm
- Sunday, August 20th 11:15am
- Thursday, Sept 7th, 7:00 pm
- Sunday, Sept 17th, 11:15am
- Thursday, Oct 5th, 7:00pm
- Sunday, October 15th,11:15am
- Friday, November 5th, 7:00 pm
- Sunday, November 19th,11:15am
- Sunday, December 3rd,11:15am
Baptismal Preparation is for parents that are going to baptize at St. Mary’s. The baptismal formation session will be approximately ninety minutes in duration. Parents that have attended baptismal preparation within the last year at another parish and that provide proof of attendance need not attend this session. There is a suggested donation of fifty dollars to St. Mary’s for the celebration. Please arrive five minutes prior to the meeting for registration and verification of baptismal information. Contact Matthew Brophy, Pastoral Associate 708.205.0238