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Baptism

Gateway to other sacraments and the spiritual life.

We welcome our parishioners to have their newborn children baptized as soon as possible at Saint Francis Xavier Cathedral.  Baptism is the first of the sacraments and the gateway to the other sacraments and to the spiritual life.  

The Catholic Church holds true Our Lord’s words that the Sacrament of Baptism is necessary for salvation. Baptism puts a special seal on a person’s soul, making them an adopted child of God. The other effects of Baptism are:

  • Removes the stain of Original Sin, forgives any actual sins and removes the temporal punishment for any actual sins
  • Infuses the gifts of the Holy Spirit into the soul
  • Infuses the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity into the soul
  • Makes them a member of the Church – the Body of Christ

When parents bring their child to the Church to be baptized, they are making a solemn promise to God that they will raise their child in the Catholic faith.  It is important for parents to realize that the living out of this promise involves their own practice of the faith through their dedication to prayer, weekly Mass attendance and living the sacramental life of the Church. 

Godparents:

Parents will need to choose Godparents for the new baby.   A Godparent must be able to assist the parents in the education of the child in the Catholic faith through support, encouragement and prayer.  At least one Godparent must be Catholic and meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be fully initiated into membership in the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation
  • Must be an active, participating member of a Catholic Parish – attending Mass weekly and living the sacramental life of the Church
  • If married, the marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church
  • A person that is not Catholic may not serve as a Godparent, but may take the role of a Christian witness.

Click here to submit a request to arrange the sacrament of Baptism

 

Baptism for Children Younger than the Age of Reason (Below age 8):

The procedure for getting your child (under the age of 8) baptized is the same as for infants.  Please contact the parish office to schedule your Baptism Preparation Sessions.


Baptism for Children Older than the Age of Reason (Age 8 or above):

Please contact the parish office to get your information to the RCIA coordinator. Children at age 7 or 8 and older will receive instruction in the Catholic faith to be received into the Church and receive all of their Sacraments of Initiation – Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

Who to Contact:

First-time Parents: Please contact the parish office several months before your baby is due or shortly after the birth to arrange a time to attend your Baptism Preparation Sessions.  The Baptism will be scheduled after the completion of this time of Baptism Preparation.
“Repeat” Parents:  Please contact the parish office shortly before or after the child’s birth to arrange a date and time for the Baptism.   Any need for further Baptism Preparation Sessions will be at the discretion of the Cathedral Pastor.