Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. It is the sacrament that frees a person from original sin and makes that person a member of Christ and His Church, thus being the way to a new and spiritual life. One must be baptized before sharing in any of the other sacraments. Baptism is the foundation for all ministry and life in the church, and confers a commitment to follow Christ and spread his message throughout the world. Furthermore, in baptism, one is incorporated into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and thus participates in the gift of resurrection and eternal life with Christ.

Infants can be baptized soon after birth. At the time of baptism, parents vow to practice their faith and provide a Catholic upbringing for the child. Adults who have never been baptized take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil. The Catholic Church recognizes baptisms from other Christian denominations that baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, a person can only be baptized once.

New Baptism Protocol 

As we re-open our churches, we are so thankful to be able to resume our Group Baptisms.   In order to follow State and Diocesan mandates and keep our families safe, we have some new protocols to follow.

There will be a maximum of 2 babies at St. Mary's and 4 at Blessed Sacrament for each ceremony.  Masks must be worn by all those over the age of 5.  Each family will be limited to 10 people or less (excluding baby).  The church will be open 15 minutes before the ceremony.  Families must exit the church immediately after the ceremony and pictures cannot be taken in the church after, but feel free to take pictures outside of the church.  

Group baptisms will still be taking place on the second Sunday of the month at 1pm at St. Mary's and again at 2pm, if numbers warrant.  Groupbaptisms at Blessed Sacrament take place on the third Sunday of the month at 12:30pm and 1:30pm, if needed.  

Please feel free to contact our Baptism Coordinators at 508-668-4974.  You can leave a message and your call will be returned. 



Photo credit for baby being baptized: Flickr user Mike. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Photo credit for stained glass window: Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP. Used under a Creative Commons license.