"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. 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..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)
Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation. Baptism of infants is celebrated on the 1st through 4th Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm. For a child to be baptized at St. Joseph Church his/her parents should be registered parishioners and practicing Catholics.To make arrangements for your child's Baptism, please call the rectory and speak to one of our parish priests.
First time Parents are expected to participate in Baptismal Preparation Class. These classes are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm in the Church. Attendance should be verified with the priest arranging your Baptism.
Parents are asked to choose someone to serve as godparent or sponsor for their child. Since the sponsor’s role is to assist parents in passing on the faith in which the child is being baptized, parents should choose someone who will take the role seriously and will be a good role model for the child. Church law sets minimum requirements: at least 16 years old, already confirmed, and a practicing Catholic.
See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
"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."