What is Baptism?
Through baptism, we become part of the royal, priestly people of God, called to holy lives of prayer and service. At Saint Francis of Assisi Church, the sacrament of baptism is celebrated communally, in the context of the Sunday Eucharist.
Baptism is first and foremost a sacrament of initiation. By deciding to have your child baptized, you are choosing to initiate him or her into the Christian way of life. Baptism is the way that a Catholic Christian officially and formally brings a child into the embrace of the parish community. For this reason, it is fitting that baptism occurs in the presence of this community.
Baptism for the children of currently active, registered parishioners takes place on Sunday's at the 10:00 and 10:30 liturgies. We baptize a maximum of two children per Mass. Parishioners also have the option of baptizing their children at a communal celebration (outside of Mass) held on the first Sunday of the month.
First-time parents/guardians are asked to participate in a baptismal preparation class to update their understanding of baptism and the important responsibilities of Christian parenting. To schedule an initial interview and reserve a date for your child’s baptism, please contact the Parish Office via phone or email. In order to secure the date you wish, we recommend that you inquire about booking at least two months in advance in order to leave time for your baptismal preparation class prior to the date. Baptismal preparation classes are by appointment only.