Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission:
"Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."
- Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph #1213
The Two Rites of Baptism
1. The Rite of Baptism for Infants and Children under the age of seven.
Sacraments 101: Baptism
Join Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, as he explains why the Catholic Church practices infant baptism, as well as who can be baptized, what is needed, and what is involved in this humorous and informative short video.
Parents are the primary teachers of faith to their children. Parents requesting Baptism for their child will need to take a Baptism Preparation Course prior to their child’s baptism.
The Parish of St. Timothy uses the Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God program to prepare parents for the baptism of their child. Through the sacrament of Baptism, each of us has been brought into the family of God. We belong to God, to his Church, and to one another. "Parents will learn what it means to be children of God and that in the Church, they will always have a place where they belong." Ascension Press
Preview Belonging here:
Ascension's Belonging program includes flexible online options for parts of the Baptism preparation.
Fr. Mike Schmitz discusses why the Church requires godparents, the requirements, roles and responsibilities of godparents in the life of the child.
2. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
Whether you’re a person interested in learning more about the Catholic faith, an unbaptized person seeking to receive the sacraments, or a baptized person seeking full communion with the Church, the R.C.I.A program will help you learn what Catholics believe and why.
This program is adapted for children and youth between the ages of 7 and 18 who wish to receive baptism.