Sacrament of Baptism

The Sacraments of Initiation 

"By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ."

Photo courtesy of Ashley Knowlton Shepherd and Michael Shepherd with their son Thomas Shepherd.

The Sacrament of Baptism

“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 and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission…”  

-Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213  


 The Sacrament of Baptism makes us sharers in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ  and initiates us into the membership of the Church. The first question asked in the baptism liturgy is addressed to the parents and reminds us of the fact that infant baptism is a decision of the parents. This decision should arise out of a serious reflection about your commitment to the Christian life. Baptism is not an isolated event–it is an expression of your faith and a commitment on your part to raise your child in the Catholic Faith Community.   The focus is as much on you as it is on the child.

As a parent, you want to consecrate your child to God and ask for God’s protection and guidance over your child to be happy, healthy followers of the Christian faith.  This faith is not magically sprinkled over your child at Baptism.  Your child will learn about the ways of God through your own faith and actions.  That is why it is so important for parents to practice their faith by going to Church every Sunday and developing a prayer life in your own home.  When your child sees you turn to God each day, he or she will do the same.

 Baptize your child at St. Theresa

Baptisms will take place on the first Sunday of the month

- after 10:00 am Mass at 11:30 am

Registration and preparation for children's baptism are held by appointment.  Arrangements must be made in advance. Upon completion of the preparation class, a date for baptism will be arranged.

 Families must be registered in the Parish.

Parents must contact the rectory to make arrangements.

Please contact Louise Joyce at the parish rectory to schedule a meeting  (603) 964-6440