Baptism marks the entry of the believer into the Christian community. It is the first Sacrament of Initiation, leading to the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and welcomed as sons and daughters into God’s family, brothers, and sisters to Jesus Christ. Through grace we enter a personal relationship with God and begin a journey whose destination is eternal life. Baptism leaves us permanently changed, no longer the person we once were, but a new person, dying to death and sin, and rising to new life in Christ. In the words of St. Paul, “We were buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so too may we live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)
Baptism Preparation for Infants and Young Children
Baptisms are held weekly via registration through the Parish Office. Parents are required to attend an instruction session before the baptism. Details and information will be provided about baptism at that scheduled session.
St. James Parishioners wishing to be Godparents should fill out and submit the Baptismal Sponsorship Form to the Rectory Office. The completed form must be signed by a priest to confirm eligibility. Godparents must meet all eligibility requirements listed on the form. Godparents from other parishes should provide a certificate from their home parish for baptisms that will take place at St. James.
Godparents are also strongly encouraged to attend an informational session. “Being a godparent is not an honorary title,” says Deacon Jim, who has baptized over 1,600 children during the past 30 years. “It comes with substantial responsibilities.” Ideally, sponsors connect with their godchild regularly in a caring and affirming way that gives witness to God’s love.
Our parish staff are available to answer any questions you may have.
Baptism for Children of Catechetical Age
Children aged eight years old or older may participate in a process called the Children’s Catechumenate which is the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults adapted for Children. The Children’s Catechumenate is a two-year program which culminates at the Easter Vigil (the second year) with the reception of baptism, First Holy Communion and in some cases, confirmation. Please contact Sister Regina Rosarii for more information.
Baptism Preparation for Adults
For any adults who have not already been baptized into the Christian faith, receiving the Sacrament of Baptism is part of becoming Catholic.
Click here for detailed information on that process, which is called the Rite of Christian Initiation.