We rejoice with you and your family in the gift of your child and are truly excited that you are thinking about having your child baptised at Saint Benedict Parish.
Please know that our parish staff and ministry leaders will be doing everything they can to make this process fruitful and meaningful.
What if I have been away from the Church?
Today, many parents experience the birth of their child as an opportunity to reconnect with their faith and with the Church they were raised in. We rejoice in this and welcome you with open hearts. We assure you that we are committed to work with you until you are ready to celebrate this sacrament. You may be invited to participate in preparation sessions which occur between the two Sunday morning Masses.
What does readiness look like?
At least one parent will be an active member of Saint Benedict Parish, regularly participating in Sunday Eucharist and in the life of the Church. If you have been away from the Church – welcome back! We invite you to start where you are. Start coming to Church. Chat with the welcome team members at the Welcome Booth. Introduce yourself to the pastor (if he doesn't introduce himself first). Once you've reacquainted yourself with the Church, we'd love to introduce you with a member of our baptismal preparation team.
Baptisms at Sunday Eucharist
One of the traditional ways of looking at baptism is that it is a rite of passage celebrated by the biological family. This understanding of baptism is truly in contradiction to the fact that baptism is about membership in the family of God, a family that is brought into existence not by blood ties, but by faith. For this reason we celebrate baptisms publicly at Sunday Eucharist in the presence of the family of faith of which your child will become a member.
What about a specific date?
We typically celebrate baptisms one Sunday a month at either the 9am or 11:15am Mass (except during Lent). The dates chosen for baptisms are based on other themes or events being celebrated in the busy life of our parish.
Please contact the parish office (443.0725; firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the Welcome Booth before or after Mass on Sunday to learn more about baptism at Saint Benedict Parish.