Baptism serves as the first sacrament one receives when entering the Catholic faith. Baptism, along with Confirmation and Eucharist, is one of three Sacraments of Initiation, which means that the Baptized receive an indelible spiritual mark, making them forever a part of the Body of Christ, the Church.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that “through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God, we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. . . ” (CCC 1213). The Catechism goes on to say that “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments” (CCC 1213).

For more details on Baptism, Bishop Robert Barron offers a reflection on the meanings and significance of the Sacrament of Baptism

Preparing For a Baptism

To initiate the process of preparing for a Baptism, begin by contacting your local parish office or local parish priest, to receive more details on beginning the process. Baptism preparation classes are offered at local parishes.

The Archdiocese offers assistance by offering training and resources to people who volunteer to teach Baptism Preparation classes:

In the case of adults who are considering becoming Catholic, the preparation program is called Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

In the case of children or youth (7 years of age and older) who are considering becoming Catholic, the preparation program is called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, adapted for children.

For more information, please contact your local parish office.