Baptism of Infants and Young Children

  • At our baptism we pass through the waters of font, passing from death to new life in Christ Jesus.  We are anointed a priest, a prophet and a king.  Baptism is the first stage of Christian Initiation, continued at confirmation, and reaching its culmination in the celebration of the Eucharist.

    At Christ Our Hope, baptisms of infants and young children (up to age 6) are celebrated during the Sunday Mass.  It is celebrated during Mass to highlight the connection between baptism and Eucharist, so the parish community can welcome its newest member and support the family of the newly baptized.

    To schedule a baptism, please contact Deanna Tighe.  Attendance at baptismal preparation sessions is required.  Parents are encouraged to contact the parish while still awaiting the birth of their child.

    RCIA  (Adult Baptism & Receptions into the Church)

    Adults who feel called to join the Catholic Church and want to join fully in the celebration of the Eucharist are a great blessing for our parish.  The process can be several months or even a year or two, depending where you are on your faith journey.

    Anyone age 7 and older who isn't baptized will be fully initiated (celebrate baptism, confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil (the night before Easter).  The Roman Catholic Church has a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) with various stages and celebrations as you proceed on your faith journey.

    For anyone age 7 and older, who was baptized in a different Christian Church, the process will reflect your life experience.  You can make a Profession of Faith, be received into the Church, be confirmed and celebrate First Communion any Sunday after adequate preparation.

    Please contact Deanna Tighe.