Holy Baptism is the basis of the entire Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we become members of the Catholic Church and enter into the Sacramental life and mission of the Church.
When we celebrate a Baptism at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, we rejoice in the gift of grace that is given to the newly baptized through this sacrament of rebirth. Our Catholic community promises to support and encourage you in the practice of our faith with a bond of unity.
Infant and Child Baptism
Age 6 & Under
Our St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Family of faith is looking forward to walking with you as you to raise your child in the faith practices of the Catholic Church. The journey begins with the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism. If you or someone you know would like to have their child baptized, we offer these steps in preparation:
To begin the preparation for infant and child Baptism, complete the Baptism Preparation Form, and our Pastoral Minister will contact you.
If you are not already active members of the parish, we encourage all families to join the parish and become members.
If this is your first child, we ask that you attend Baptismal Formation Session. You may attend this session prior to your child’s birth or after. Children are welcome at the session.
This one evening session is offered six times per year. The session will help answer questions that you may have about the Sacrament of Baptism and selecting Godparents and helps prepare your family for a life-long journey of a life lived in Christ.
Upon completion of the Baptism Formation session, you will be able to schedule your baby’s Baptism.
Baptisms can be celebrated during or after the 5:00pm Mass on Saturdays or during or after the 10:45am Mass on Sundays.
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is offered for children who have reached the age of reason, usually 7 years old. This is for children who need to be prepared for the Sacrament of Baptism, would like to receive Holy Communion outside of the normal age, or were baptized in another faith tradition and now wish to become Catholic.
At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, we understand that every child and family situation is unique; therefore, individualized plans and catechesis are developed for each child depending upon their life journey and specific needs.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the Church’s way of walking with adults, who have begun their journey of faith, to complete their initiation into the Catholic Church.
The Process is for Adults Who...
have never been Baptized
were Baptized in another Christian church and now wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church
were Baptized in the Catholic Church but were not raised in the faith and are seeking to receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
This process takes place within the community of our parish. It is a gradual process in which parishioners join with candidates for the sacraments in sharing Scripture, building community, celebrating Liturgy, and serving the needs of others.