BAPTISM

We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism! If you’re an adult seeking Baptism or thinking about becoming Christian, we are thrilled to be part of your journey. Through Baptism we are freed from sin, reborn as sons and daughters of God, and become members of the Body of Christ. We are part of the Church and share in her mission.

Baptism is an important part of faith life. Enter into Baptism prepared and educated by reviewing the resources we've provided. Feel free to contact us for help or to answer any questions you may have. We are praying for all our young families!

Baptism Preparation Sessions and the Baptism Ritual Update, 7.20.2020
Good News! Baptism Preparation Sessions are still happening and so is the celebration of Baptisms! If you are looking to baptize your first child, we ask you to contact Deacon Jerome Buhman at dcn.jerome@stamadison.org to get information on how to attend one of our online Baptism Preparation sessions. Regarding the Baptisms: we are able to celebrate baptisms both in conjunction with the Mass, or if the preference is not to attend Mass because of the pandemic, have the complete celebration after Mass. There are specific guidelines to follow if you choose to baptized your child during the pandemic. Please contact Deacon Jerome to start the conversation.

BAPTISM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click here to download these Baptism Frequently Asked Questions as a PDF.

Yes. A child may be baptized so long as there is a well-founded hope that he or she will be brought up in the practice of the Faith. This is present so long as one parent is willing to practice the Catholic Faith and share it with the child. A child is not penalized for having been born out of wedlock.

If the parents of a child are living together without benefit of marriage or in a civil marriage not recognized by the Church, they would be encouraged to regularize their situation so that they can fully practice the Faith they are called to share with their child. At St. Thomas Aquinas, the first step would be to contact Deacon Jerome Buhman at 833-2606 or dcn.jerome@stamadison.org.

Code of Canon Law 874.1

  • One sponsor must be Catholic.
  • The Catholic must be at least 16 years old, fully initiated, Catholic in good standing
  • Cannot be either parent