"Baptism is birth into the new life in Christ..."
"The fruit of... baptismal grace is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into life by which man becomes... a member fo Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church... and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ." (Catechism, 1277, 1279)
BAPTISMAL PREPARATION FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
Congratulations on choosing to celebrate your child's baptism here at St. James. We are honored to be part of this special step in your child's faith journey. The Catholic Church has always taught and respected the understanding that parents are the primary educators in the faith of their children. Our Baptismal preparation is designed to assist you, parents and godparents, in raising these children in the faith.
Please allow ample time to complete this planning. Expectant mothers are encouraged to contact the office before their baby is born. Parents wishing to baptize their child must be registered active members of Saint James parish prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism.
Please print out and complete the Baptism Registration Form. We need the completed form in order to register you for the class and to confirm a Baptism date. In addition, we need a completed Godparent/Sponsor form. One of the Godparents/Sponsors must be an active practicing Catholic. We understand that every family is unique and that there are often special circumstances. Should you wish to discuss your child's baptismal celebration, please feel free to contact us.
BAPTISMAL PREPARATION FOR ADULTS
The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated for adults as the culmination of the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA), the process where you are welcomed into Saint James Catholic Church and into the Catholic faith. If you have questions or are interested in learning about the process of becoming a Catholic as an Adult, please contact
Contact: Deacon Richard Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at the Parish Office (228)-896-6059