Holy Baptism

Baptism is the Sacrament of our birth as Christians, when we become sons and daughters of the living God.

Through many centuries Christians loved to view the baptismal font as the womb of holy Mother Church; for at the font of Baptism her children come forth alive with a new and higher life, a life of Grace – the life of God Himself.

  1. Baptism of infants: The baptism of a child is an important step in the spiritual journey of your family. In requesting baptism, you desire to have your child become a part of the Catholic Church family. As a parent, you are the primary teacher of your child in the ways of Christ and His Gospel by your word and example and by your active participation in the life of the Church. The Church, the faith community pledges to provide opportunities for you to nourish your own faith development and to support you in the task of the religious formation of your child in the ways of the Gospel of Jesus as lived in the Church.
     
    The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated at St. Agnes regularly throughout the year on Sundays after the 11 am Mass.
     
    Parents requesting Baptism for their child are asked to call the parish office, 225-383-4127, during the pregnancy to begin the required paperwork. Once the child is born, then a date is set for the baptism if the required paperwork for the Baptismal Seminar is completed and on file with the office.
     
    In bringing your child to the Sacrament of Baptism, St. Agnes requires the following of the parents and those asked to be sponsors (godparents) for the child being baptized:

    • Parents, Godparents and Official Witness must attend a Baptism Seminar.
      Parents preparing for the baptism of their child MUST participate in a pre-baptismal Seminar. If you wish to go to one at St. Agnes, you may call the office to arrange for an individual baptismal seminar with the Deacon or Priest. Some parishes have scheduled dates for these Baptismal Seminars which you may choose to attend. Upon completion of the Seminar, one receives a Certificate/ Letter of Completion which needs to be on file at St. Agnes Parish office, please send it as soon as possible. We recommend attendance early in pregnancy when it is far more comfortable for the mother to be!
       
      Note: If a seminar has been attended within the past three (3) years, verification of this fact must be received by St. Agnes Catholic Church office. Two Catholic godparents are permissible, one of each gender. While not able to be a godparent, a baptized non-Catholic may be allowed to be an official witness to the baptism.
    • Godparents/Sponsors must be practicing Catholics, who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed their Christian Initiation in the Church through the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. They must be actively practicing Catholics, participating in Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation, and receiving the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation regularly. They must be canonically free to carry out this office by being in a valid marriage, if married. This means that Catholics publicly living in an invalid marriage (according to the Catholic Church Regulations) and those that are co-habitating (living together without marriage) cannot serve as a sponsor. Each sponsor must complete an Eligibility Form. Click here for Eligibility Form
    • All paperwork must be completed and turned in before the baptism can be scheduled.
  2. Baptism for a child that is 7 years or older: 
    • When a child of catechetical age is presented for baptism, pre-baptismal catechesis takes place in RICC – Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.
  3. Baptism for Adults, 
    • The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program prepares adults for Baptism.