Important: See the Parent information below on baptismal preparation and baptism dates.

Overview

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 daughters and sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.

Baptism of Those over 7 Years of Age

All unbaptized people over seven years of age enter the Church through the “Restored Rite”, known as the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). For more information, see the Becoming a Catholic (RCIA) page.

Baptism of Infants

Baptism of infants is celebrated during weekend liturgies.

At St. Francis Borgia, we want every family that comes to the parish for baptism of their child to feel welcomed and prepared for this first step in their child’s journey of faith.

Parents

The Catholic parent(s) of a child to be baptized must be registered, practicing member(s) of St. Francis Borgia Parish; or have the written permission of the pastor of the home parish in which they are registered.

Before a child is baptized at St. Francis Borgia, we ask that the parent(s) pre-register for a Baptism Preparation session. Baptism dates will be determined/scheduled at the conclusion of the session. Discussion focuses on the meaning and history of Christian baptism in the Catholic tradition, as well as canonical, diocesan and parish requirements.

We encourage you to attend the class as early as possible – even before your baby is born.

Sponsors (Godparents)

Sponsors should be carefully chosen as they will be examples of faith to the children they sponsor for entrance into the Christian community. There may be one male sponsor or one female sponsor or one of each. Sponsors must be confirmed Catholics, sixteen or older, who are registered members of a Catholic parish.

Christian Witness

In addition to the sponsor(s) the parents also may choose to have a Christian witness from another Christian tradition.

A Christian witness must be a baptized, practicing Christian in his or her own tradition. Persons who are not baptized, practicing Christians (defined as registered members of a church) may not act as Christian witnesses.

Additional Information

For information on any aspect of baptism for children or adults, contact the parish office.