"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Matthew 28:19-20.
"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 sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213.
Any Catholic who is registered at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish may have their child baptized at St. Thomas Aquinas parish. We are very happy to baptize children from another parish with the permission of the child's pastor.
Catholic parents have a grave obligation, and are urged to see that their children are baptized in the first few weeks after birth. We recommend that the arrangements be made before the child is born, so that the child may be baptized as soon as possible. We request that the parents and the godparents attend one class in preparation for their child's baptism.
All that is asked of the parents is that they give a serious promise to raise the child Catholic. Godparents, however, must be confirmed, practicing members of the Church, living a life in accord with their faith. Those who are married outside the Church or who are "living together" may not be godparents.
Christians of another church, or Catholics who do no qualify may act as Christian witnesses to baptism; however, there must be at least one Catholic godparent who does qualify.
Baptisms are celebrated every Sunday at 1:30pm. Baptism for older children, teenagers, and adults involves further preparation. Please contact the appropriate office for details:
Want to save yourself a trip? Download and print the Infant Baptism Packet from home!
Fill it out to the best of your ability and bring it by the parish office. The only thing lacking is the customary Baptismal Offering envelope. One may be provided for you at the parish office.
The Baptism Packet contains the following:
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