As excited as you are to have a new member of your family, we are excited to have a new member in the Body of Christ!  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 sons and daughters 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.”

If this is the first time you plan to baptize a child at IHM, we ask that you contact our parish office, #241-4477. You must be a registered member of the parish at least three months and practicing the Catholic faith.  Both parents need to attend a baptism class which is offered every other month.  In that class, we cover:

  • The meaning and purpose of a sacrament
  • What the Sacrament of Baptism is, and the signs and symbols used
  • What to expect during the Liturgy
  • Choosing Godparents and their role in the child’s life
  • Questions and Answers

We also ask that you take some time to learn about the Sacrament yourself.  The best place to start would be to learn the Church’s teaching about baptism in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  You can link directly by clicking here. The video below offers a beautiful reflection on Baptism by Bishop Robert Barron.