Important: See the “Parents” information below on baptismal preparation.

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 persons 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

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

If you have not previously participated in baptism preparation (whether at St. Francis Borgia or another parish), you will need to attend a class prior to arranging your child’s baptism date. We encourage you to attend the class as early as possible – even before your baby is born.

At this class, discussion will focus on the meaning and history of Christian baptism in the Catholic tradition, as well as canonical, diocesan and parish requirements. If you have already attended a baptism class, please call or stop by the parish office to get the forms that need to be returned before a baptism can be scheduled.

Dates for upcoming Baptism Preparation classes are publicized in the parish bulletin and noted below.

Baptism Preparation Classes

July 21, 2021 (Wednesday evening) – For details, including pre-registration, see this Event description.

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. Sponsors must be confirmed Catholics, sixteen years of age or older, who are registered, practicing members of a Catholic parish.

Parents may choose one of the following options:

  • Two sponsors (one male, one female)
  • One sponsor (either male or female)
  • One sponsor and one Christian Witness (one male and one female) – see Christian Witness section below.

Christian Witness

Parents may choose to have one sponsor (as described above) along with a Christian witness from another Christian faith tradition. A Christian witness must be a baptized, practicing Christian in his or her own faith tradition. Persons who are not baptized, practicing Christians (defined as registered members of a church) may not act as Christian witnesses.

Scheduling a Baptism

Baptism dates may be scheduled once parents have attended the Baptism Preparation class and the parish office has received all the required paperwork. Completed forms should be sent to the parish office, to the attention of “Baptisms.”

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