PLAN A BAPTISM
THE THEOLOGY OF 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 sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission” (Catechism #1213).
“The essential rite of Baptism consists in immersing the candidate in water or pouring water on his head, while pronouncing the invocation of the Most Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Catechism #1278).
“The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ” (Catechism #1279).
“Baptism imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual sign, the character, which consecrates the baptized person for Christian worship. Because of the character Baptism cannot be repeated” (Catechism #1280).
BAPTISM AT SAINT JOHN VIANNEY
Congratulations on seeking Baptism! As a parish family, we rejoice to welcome your child who will become a member of the Catholic Church by Baptism.
Infant Baptisms are generally celebrated on the third Sunday of the month at 12:00 Noon. However, for health and safety reasons, we are scheduling Baptisms privately for each family. A Pre-Jordan Class for parents and godparents is a prerequisite for Baptism (unless the class has been taken within two years). The class will generally be held on the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 AM in the church hall. However, during this time, it is being offered virtually.
For our general Baptism guidelines, please click here.
In order to arrange for a Baptism, contact the parish offices at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-642-0938. We look forward to speaking with you!
For those seeking Baptism who older than 7 years of age, the Church asks for a period of formation before Baptism can be administered. In most cases, we call this period of formation “RCIA” or the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.” To find out more about the RCIA process, please click here.