Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God’s people. This first sacrament pardons all our sins, rescues us from the power of darkness, and brings us to the dignity of adopted children, a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence we are called and are indeed the children of God.
(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Christian Initiation, General Introduction 2)
Infant Baptism is a Sacrament of Initiation that welcomes a child into our faith community of Catholic Christian believers. It is the celebration that begins the faith life of the child in and with Christ. Because the child is unable to express faith, the Church invites the parents and god parents into a preparation process prior to the celebration of Baptism.
Preparation for Baptism
If you are baptizing your first child or it has been more than two years since you participated in a baptism preparation class, you and/or your spouse are expected to participate in a preparation class before the Rite of Baptism. You may take the session here at St. Ignatius of Loyola or any other Catholic church. The godparents are invited but not required to take this preparation class. Those who have been asked to serve as godparents in another parish may participate in this preparation in order to fulfill that parish’s requirements.
Baptism Preparation Classes are held on the second Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November from 9:00 am – 10:00 am in Brady Hall (lower level of the Church). No pre-registration required.
For more information, contact: Kathy Murzyn.
Infant baptisms are celebrated regularly at St. Ignatius of Loyola. Baptisms are celebrated during a parish Sunday or Vigil Mass or outside of Mass. Baptisms outside of Mass means we do not celebrate the Eucharist and usually take anywhere between 20-30 minutes. Baptisms during Mass means we do celebrate the Eucharist, with parish Masses usually lasting 75-90 minutes. To schedule a child’s baptism, contact Kathy Murzyn.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults Adapted for Children/Youth
Children who have reached the age of 7 and have not been baptized are invited into the process of Christian initiation based on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA.) This process will prepare young people and their families for the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Children should be enrolled in the parish Religious Education program, or a Catholic school (parish or private) prior to beginning this preparation. For more information, please contact Toni Armstead, Religious Education for Children, 303.283.8995
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
RCIA is a process of conversion and spiritual formation for individuals who are interested in living the Christian life in the Catholic tradition. It is a time of prayer, study, reflection, faith sharing, ongoing discernment and participation in the life of the parish. To learn more about the RCIA process, contact Margaret Wright.