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Baptism & OCIA questions?

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Anthony Whalen


For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, 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.

How do I get my child baptized?

Congratulations on the birth of your son or daughter! To begin, please complete the below questionaire.



If you have not completed a baptismal class in the past two years, we ask that you complete this online course. It is self-paced, and does a good job of explaining the theology of baptism and the expectations the church has for everybody in this process.

Father Brandimarti would like to arrange a brief meeting with you and your spouse, either in person or over zoom, once you’ve completed these items so that he can get to know you and schedule the baptism. You can book an appointment with him with the link below.



Adult Baptisms

If you are an adult and are interested in being Baptized, the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (OCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.  The RCIA begins every Fall before Labor Day and adult Baptisms occur at the Easter Vigil.  


The Great Undertaking of Baptism

In the Baptismal Rite, the priest asks the child’s parents this question:

“You have asked to have your child baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training your child in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor. Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?”

That may be a difficult question to answer, especially for first time parents. There are so many new responsibilities with a child that sometimes it is overwhelming to consider how to meet all the child’s needs. Because our priests have a responsibility for determining the parents’ readiness for the celebration of the sacrament, we invite you to really reflect on what Baptism means to you and how you will teach your child about Jesus Christ.

Contemplating your child’s Baptism will also help you to reflect on how you are living out your baptismal responsibilities and sharing in the faith life of the Church. Some questions to ask yourself:

  • What does my baptism mean to me?

  • Do I participate in Mass to worship God every week?

  • What is my involvement in the parish?

  • How will I grow in my faith so to pass on the faith to my child?

  • What are some practical ways I will teach my child about the Catholic faith?

Baptism Request Form

Please take a moment to fill out the form.

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Child Information (Required*)


Family Information (Required*)

Sacraments Received (if Catholic)
Have the parents been married in the Catholic Church?
Are you registered parishioners at St. Vincent de Paul or St. Luke Church?
Sacraments Received (if Catholic)
Has the Father been previousy married?
Has the Mother been previousy married?
Have you had any other children baptized?

In asking the Church to baptize my child, I accept the responsibility to try and raise my child in the faith, to accompany him or her to Sunday Mass, to ensure he or she receives faith education, and to provide a loving, prayerful Christian family life to the best of my ability.

Thank you for submitting the Baptism request! We will be in touch soon!

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