Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, there will be strict guidelines that must be followed. Please read the guidelines listed below before requesting a Baptism.
About the Sacrament
Baptism is the gateway to all of the other Sacraments. Through Baptism, a person is made a member of the Body of Christ, incorporated into the Church and has all of his or her sins wiped away, including Original Sin inherited from Adam and Eve. The Sacrament also gives a multitude of other graces: the person becomes a dwelling place of God; a temple of the Holy Spirit and an adopted son or daughter of God the Father. Baptism is the beginning of a new life lived in God’s grace. We celebrate Baptism at the command of Jesus, who told the Apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these guidelines must be followed:
- Everyone should arrive 5 minutes before the baptism which will begin at either 12 PM or 3 PM. If you arrive earlier than 5 minutes please wait in your car until the time. The church will be unlocked 5 minutes before the baptism.
- No more than 10 people can be present for the baptism. (This means the baptism could only include the priest or deacon, child to be baptized, parents, godparent or godparents and 4 guests = 10)
- Please wear masks to protect all who will be attending.
- The doors will be open as to reduce the opportunity to touch an item.
- Baptisms can only be scheduled to take place on Saturdays or Sundays.
Infants and Children Under Age 7
Parents must attend a baptism preparation class. Click here to request Baptism for your child at St. Brendan.Baptism is the gateway to all of the other sacraments of the Church. We welcome people of any age to the Sacrament but persons living outside the parish boundary should approach the pastor of their local parish to celebrate the Sacrament.
A family residing outside of the parish boundaries can still be considered, especially if they have a strong family connection to the parish, but they must first provide a letter from the Pastor of their local Catholic church confirming that they have permission to come to St Brendan to celebrate the baptism.
Children Over Age 7
Children who are 7 years or older must receive all of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist). For our purposes, this will be interpreted as children having completed first grade. Children in second grade and above are prepared a little differently so that the catechesis is more age appropriate. The Ministry of Evangelization and Catechesis will provide home faith materials to assist parents with this preparation and will ensure catechesis is complete before presenting him or her for the Sacraments of Initiation. For more information, please email us at email@example.com.
Adults receive Baptism through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process. For more information about RCIA, click here or contact our RCIA Director, Dan McCallister.
Baptism Preparation Class
Baptism preparation classes are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 7-8 PM. For more information, contact the parish office.