Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: 'Therefore . . . we are members one of another.'(Eph 4:25) Baptism incorporates us into the Church. From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: 'For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.'(1 Cor 12:13)" ~Catechism of the Catholic Church - 1267.
It has been the tradition of the church to celebrate Baptisms on Sunday. Baptism is the first of the initiation sacraments of the church and has the most symbols associated with it (name, cross, white garment, candle, chrism, water, litany of the saints, word of God, creed, etc.). The church has encouraged us to celebrate the sacrament with a community rather than celebrate it privately. Thus we schedule Baptisms on the weekend either after Mass or during one of the weekend Masses.
To schedule a Baptism, contact the parish office.
Must have at least one practicing Catholic, who have been baptized, received their First Communion and made their Confirmation . No more than two godparents.
Non-Catholic participant/mentor that is part of the baptismal ceremony will be noted as a witness in the baptismal records.
All parents who intend to baptize their child at St. Andrew's Newman Center are required to attend a preparation class prior to the Baptism.