The sacrament of baptism is the primary sacrament of the Church and the foundation for Christian life because it is through baptism that a person actually becomes a Christian, a member of the Body of Christ, the Church.

Under normal circumstances, babies should be baptized within two months or so of being born. Parents wishing to baptize their children should make an appointment to meet with the pastor as soon as possible after making that decision. Having the meeting before the child is born makes perfectly good sense.

Baptism prep meetings usually last an hour to an hour and a half, depending on how much parents understand the nature and meaning of the sacrament, its celebration, and the responsibilities that the Church asks them to embrace. There are a few forms for parents to fill out and return to the parish, and the pastor asks that godparents be chosen and certified by their respective parishes before a date for the baptism is scheduled.

The baptism of children who have reached the age of reason (~7 years old) requires preparation of the children themselves so that they can understand, at an age appropriate level, the sacrament they will receive. Parents should schedule a meeting with the pastor to formulate a preparation plan.

The baptism of adults happens through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or RCIA program. Folks who have a desire to become Catholic, or who at least think that they might be interested in finding out more about becoming Catholic should contact the pastor to begin the conversation.