The Baptism of your child is an opportunity for you:
- to renew your own baptismal vows;
- review your relationship with the Church and Parish;
- plan for the religious education of your family.
You are at the center of this endeavor and, as parents, are the principle providers of Catholic faith and values to your child. We, your parish clergy and staff, are here to help you. The process leading up to the Baptism of your child is a time for you to enrich your relationship to the Church, especially now that you have a “new soul” for whom you are responsible. In seeking to define your own identity as a practicing Catholic, you will fulfill the vows you will make in the Rite of Baptism.
The way we come understand the true meaning of the universal Catholic Church is through the living and worshipping community called “the parish”. We rejoice that you have come to the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral and chosen us to be your spiritual home.
Keep in mind:
- Children over the age of three are to be prepared for baptism in a way appropriate for their age. Consult your Pastor.
- Children over the age of seven are to enter a sacramental religious education program to prepare them for Baptism and Holy Communion. Consult your Pastor.
- Since baptisms are a public welcoming into the Catholic Church as well as the parish, all baptisms are celebrated after the 12:45 PM Sunday Mass. There are no “private baptisms.”
What is The Sacrament of Baptism?