Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacrament of Baptism is the foundation of Christian life, the entrance to the life in the Spirit
and access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from original sin, become
heirs to the Kingdom of God, are incorporated into the Church, and become sharers in the Mission
of the Church. (CCC 1213)

Baptisms of adults are arranged through a faith formation process called RCIA (Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults). Contact the parish office for more information.

According to Church law, a child must have at least one godparent (sponsor) who is a baptized,
confirmed and practicing Catholic. Parents may not be sponsors for their own child’s baptism. One
who is not Catholic, but certainly a Christian may act as a witness to the baptism.

Those who are not registered parishioners of St. Vincent, but have family or genuine pastoral
reasons to do so, may request that their child be baptized at St. Vincent. A letter of permission
from their proper pastor is requested attesting to their participation in the faith life of their parish.

First-time parents and parents who have never taken a Baptism preparation class need to contact
the parish office to arrange for a class. Once the class has been attended a Baptism may be
scheduled for the 2nd or 4th Sunday of the month. Baptisms are celebrated immediately following
the 10 am Mass at St. Vincents. Arrangements may be made for the Sacrament at Immaculate
Conception.