What is Baptism?

“Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission.”–Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213

Baptism is one of God’s greatest gifts and it is a time for celebration and great joy! In Baptism, we are marked as a child of God and offered the gift of salvation, initiation into the Christian community, and the beginning of life in Jesus Christ. This sacrament of initiation opens the door to the other sacraments, with Eucharist and Confirmation completing the initiation process.


What if I want to be baptized and join the Church?

Click here for more information and join other adults who are preparing to enter the Church through the saving waters of Baptism at the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday Evening.

When should I schedule a baptism for my child?

Expectant parents should contact the Rectory several months before the anticipated birth to make arrangements, and to take part in a pre-baptismal program.

When are Baptism preparation sessions for a parent seeking baptism for his or her child?

Typically, we offer Baptism preparation classes every other month.  To register contact Brian Ruh at 836 – 0011 ext 122 or

When do we celebrate Baptisms at St. Amelia?

Baptism is typically celebrated after the 11 am Sunday Mass most weekends throughout the year.

Who is eligible to be a Godparent for my child?

Godparents must be actively practicing Catholics who attend Mass weekly and follow the precepts of the Church.  More details will be provided during baptism preparation.