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Baptism is the first of the seven sacraments, the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism brings us into the community of believers, the Church. We are united with Christ and raised to the dignity of being children of God, blessed with the gift of faith. The newly baptized obtains forgiveness of all sins and is given a new life of grace. Through the symbolic action of immersion in or pouring on of water, we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus and are thus made aware that through this sacrament we die to our old selves and rise to a new life in Christ. Infant baptism expresses the faith of the parents and the community that surrounds the child.

Baptism is an important step for a family. Our program is designed to help the family prepare for the sacrament by sharing important information about the sacrament itself, the meaning of the rite and its symbols, as well as giving the family a chance to meet and interact with other St. Francis Xavier parents. Our program is designed to enrich the family's experience of the sacrament of Baptism, one we hope families will enjoy and benefit from.

Families seeking to have their child baptized should contact the Rectory to obtain information about the program. A package of information will be waiting for you after your call. Once you have reviewed the materials, you are invited to attend a Welcome Meeting, conducted on the first Wednesday evening of every month. During that meeting, members of the Parish Baptism Committee will review the program with you and answer any questions you might have. On the second Wednesday evening of the month, parents will attend a meeting with parish clergy and committee members to learn more about the sacrament and discuss experiences in sharing faith with your child. Baptisms will be held on the fourth Sunday of the month. Please be aware that Baptisms are not conducted during Advent, Lent or August.

For more information or if you wish to join the Baptism Preparation Committee, please contact the Rectory office via email or call the number in the footer. For adult baptisms, see the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process.