Baptism

Baptism Preparation Classes for 2017 Schedule

January 10 March 14 May 9 July 11 September 12 November 14

Parents are obliged to attend a preparation class before for after the birth of their child, unless they have done so within the past 3 years.

Class begins at 7:00 p.m. in the parish center. Please call the parish office at 276-2024 if you plan to attend.

Available Baptism Dates

Saturday after the 5:30 p.m. Mass
Sunday after the 10:30 a.m. Mass

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Christ charged His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28: 19). Baptism is the gateway to spiritual life which leads to the other sacraments. It is a new birth into life and death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, which destroys the old man bound by the original sin of our first parents and promises the realization of that New Man Whose  resurrection gives hope for eternal life (cf. Romans 6: 3 through 11). Through baptism, the individual is indelibly  sealed, identifying him as a follower of Christ and incorporating him into the Church, the Body of Christ: “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (Ephesians 4: 25).

Baptism is celebrated by the pouring of water over the head or by affusion (pouring water over the whole body)three times accompanied by the words spoken by the minister: “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Requirements:

Any person not yet baptized may be baptized (CIC 864)
Adults must undergo preparatory instruction in the Faith prior to baptism (CIC 851.1).
For infants to be baptized at least one parent must give consent and there must also exist a reasonable expectation that the child will be brought up as a Catholic Christian (CIC 868).

In Our Parish:

For baptism at St. Dominic’s Parish, at least one parent must be a registered parishioner.
For the first child to be baptized, there is a required instruction class.
To register for the class and/or to schedule a baptism, call the Parish Office (620-276-2024).

Further Reading:

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213 through 1284
Code of Canon Law #849 through 878
Catholic Encyclopedia