About Baptism Holy 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. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children 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)
St. Martha's Parish offers Baptism for both infants and adults. Infant baptisms are offered during Mass, or during specific Baptism celebrations once a month. Adult baptisms occur during the Easter Vigil, after the catechumen has completed the RCIA program.
We require the following at St. Martha's Parish:
A copy of your child's Birth Certificate is required.
Both parents needs to come into the office to fill out required forms.
Throughout the year baptism preparation courses are offered. It is necessary before you infant is baptized, that both parents attend this meeting. These courses will review the Sacrament of Baptism, the signs and symbols present, as well as a short presentation from the pastor. Baptisms will not take place if both parents do not attend the preparation.
Adults looking for baptism
Dates and Information
Our program consists of an initial interview with the pastor and/or pastoral assistant, a Saturday workshop and finally the celebration of your baby's baptism.
A folder of materials related to baptism is provided. It is necessary for both parents to familiarize themselves with the materials for a better appreciation of the workshop. After studying the materials, you can phone the office to pre-register for the workshop. The workshop consists of a discussion about the materials, review of symbols of baptism, a short presentation by one of our pastors and an overview of how and when your baby's baptism will take place. After the workshop, you can phone the church to confirm the date of the baptism.
The workshops are held throughout the year. The priest or the Director of Religious Education will notify you as to the date of the workshop. A baptism will not take place if the parents have not attended the workshop.
Please note that there are no baptisms during Lent.
Families from other parishes are required to obtain written permission from their respective pastors.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing in this blessed time of your lives!