Baptism

Baptism

Baptism is one of the Seven Sacraments of the Christian Church. It is usually the first Sacrament received and considered the “door” of the Church. Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration by water in the word. Christ was Baptized in the Jordan and declared the necessity of this “rebirth” to Nicodemus and sent His Apostles and disciples to preach and baptize. 

Baptism Stained Glass Window
Baptism preparation is required for all new parents and can be scheduled by calling the church office @ 256-734-3730.
Adults wishing to be baptized should attend the RCIA classes on Monday evening during the school year. Adult Baptism is celebrated at the Easter Vigil Mass. See the RCIA page for more information.

Special circumstances may exist that require an immediate baptism and may be requested by calling the church office and asking for a priest.  

Requirements:

  1. Parents must be registered and envelope contributing parishioners for at least four months prior to the baptism.
  2. A copy of the Birth Certificate must be on file in the Parish Office.
  3. Parents must attend a special class which focuses on the Sacrament of Baptism, and the roles and responsibilities of the parents and community which welcomes the child.
  4. Catholic Godparents must be mature, practicing Catholics and be at least 16 years of age.  The Godparent must have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.
  5. A Christian friend or relative who is not Catholic may act as a witness.  The Christian witness should be a person of active faith and a follower of Jesus Christ.
  6. Baptisms are celebrated on Saturday after the 8:00 am Mass (9:30 am);  or Sunday following the 11:00 am Mass (1:00 pm).
  7. Call the Church Office, 256-734-3730, to make arrangements for Baptism.