Baptism

Baptisms in the Catholic Church usually take place on Sundays, during the parish Mass or in the early afternoon after all the Masses are over. In most cases, the parish priest or deacon administers the sacrament, anointing the person being baptized with oils, and pouring blessed water over the child or adult’s head not just once but three times.

A person being baptized in the Catholic Church is expected to dress in white to symbolize purity of faith and the cleansing power of Baptism. The white garment symbolizes the white garments Jesus wore when he was placed in the tomb after his death on Good Friday. An infant may wear a baptismal gown handed down for generations; an adult typically puts on a full-length white gown known as an alb.

The baptism ritual is a participatory one, with all attendees rejecting Satan and professing their faith, with parents and of an infant and the godparents and immediate family members of the person being baptized being a bit more involved.

Like the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Orders, as a Catholic, you’re baptized just once. These three sacraments confer an indelible mark on your soul. No one can ever be un-baptized or re-baptized.

At St. Francis Borgia, the process of preparation for Baptism is relatively simple.  First, the parents need to fill out this form and bring it to the parish office.  Once the office receives it, Fr. James will call to secure your desired date in the calendar.  If this is your first child, the clergy performing the baptism will need to meet with you for a short time to review the why's and how's of baptism.  

You will, in this process, need to ask two people of excellent character and Christian virtue to be the godparents.  At least one must be Catholic, and both must be validly baptized Christians.  They must be 16 years of age or older, and practicing their faith.