The Sacrament of Baptism



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.

Infant Baptism

Infant Baptism (infants and children under the age of seven) is the normative way to begin the initiation of children into the Church.

Parents should:


Only one Godparent is required for Baptism. The Godparent (sponsor):

Adult Baptism

Adults seeking full initiation into the Catholic Church, enter the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Their formation prepares them to receive all three initiation sacraments at the Easter Vigil. Rather than compressing the stages of conversion into a single ritual associated with the moment of baptism, the RCIA process is supported by four periods of instruction and the celebration of three liturgical rites. The RCIA process ideally extends through a complete liturgical year to allow sufficient time for instruction in the truths of the faith and Christian life.

Adults baptized in another faith tradition are also part of the RCIA process.

Adults baptized Catholic but who have not received instruction also are part of the RCIA process.

Persons in the RCIA process are required to have a Godparent/Sponsor. The qualifications for the Godparent/ Sponsor are the same as listed in the Infant Baptism section. They will also need to complete a Godparent/ Sponsor covenant form. Contact the parish nearest to you to inquire about the RCIA process. If additional help is needed in locating an RCIA process, contact the Office of Religious Education and Formation.

A family must be registered members of St. John Neumann Church and attending Sunday Mass regularly for at least three months to have a child baptized at SJN. An initial information sheet will need to be completed before parents and godparents attend the class. Please contact Carolyn Angermann in the Liturgy Office for further information.

Baptism Classes are held every first Tuesday of the month from 7:00 pm -9:00 pm in the Parish Offices building. No need to RSVP.Parishioners from any Catholic church are welcome to attend.You do not have to bring anything with you. Certificates will be handed out at completion. We are sorry but no babysitting is available.

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