Baptism Prep

man in a gray suit with a rose lapel holding a baby boy in a baptismal garment

How do I begin the process?

Simply begin by calling our parish office at 607-273-6121 and speaking with Rich Rasmussen, Youth and Pastoral Minister.

For children under 7

If your child is under 7 years old, and/or it has been three years since the parents have attended a baptism preparation class, we do require you to attend a “Baptismal Preparation Session” to talk about what Baptism is and what it means to be baptized. This is generally done in one or two meetings. We will talk about:
-Why do we baptize at all?
-Why do we baptize children?
-How you might live as a Christian and teach your child by example.

For children over 7

For children over the age of seven, we will need to meet with you to determine the particular circumstances. Generally, the child will be entered into RCIC, which stands for “Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.” It follows the rituals of the RCIA designed for adults but it is age-based. Your child will learn the basics of our Catholic faith appropriate for his or her age group. After completing the RCIC, he or she will enter the regular religious education program. As a reminder, the RCIC is evaluated on a case by case basis.

When will the Baptism be performed?

Generally, all baptisms are performed during Sunday Mass, as the sacraments are a community celebration. The child becomes a member of the community in baptism and, so, it is strongly desirable to celebrate baptisms in the presence of the community. If there is a need for you to have your child baptized outside of Mass, please bring it to our intention when you call us.

What happens during the ceremony?

To help you understand the Rite of Baptism, this flowchart is provided that outlines the process.

Baptism Flowchart