Baptism for Infants and Children under the Age of Seven
Congratulations on your new child!
We are so excited for you and look forward to supporting you as you raise your child in the faith.
Parents having their first child baptized are asked to meet with the Pastor to learn more about the meaning and significance of the Sacrament. Then you will then be able to schedule a time for the Baptism. Parents who have already attended one baptismal preparation class do not need repeat the class when they are blessed with more children.
Normally, a couple will choose two practicing Catholics as godparents. Godparents need to be sixteen years of age or older and have received First Communion and Confirmation. It is, however, sufficient to have at least one practicing Catholic as a godparent.
While it is not necessary to do so, it is a praiseworthy practice to have one of your child’s names be that of a Saint or derived from the name of a Saint. This Saint would be considered your child’s patron Saint.
Baptism for Children Over the Age of Seven
Children older than the age of seven normally receive Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion by attending the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC). Classes will be held on an individual basis. Children enrolled in RCIC receive the Sacraments on Holy Saturday at the Easter Vigil in conjunction with adults.
Adults desiring to be baptized do so by attending the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Here at St. Patrick, RCIA will run from the Fall (Sept/Oct) through the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday.