Embracing Christ and His Parish: Baptism
Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation, during which the priest or deacon immerses or pours water over the recipient conferring sanctifying grace over sin. At St. Jude, our parish community rejoices in welcoming a newly baptized member of our family into our Christian community.
Baptism of Infants and Young Children
Parents wishing to have their child who is under catechetical age (3rd grade), baptized must be a registered member of the parish and have participated in the preparatory class, Embracing Christ and His Parish: Baptism. This class will clarify the roles of parents, godparents, and the various symbols that are used within the Baptismal ceremony.
If parents from another parish wish to have their young child baptized here they must meet the requirements of their parish for baptism and submit a letter of permission from their parish to the Administrator of Children's Faith Formation before the date of baptism.
Baptisms are typically held on the first and third Saturdays of the month at 11 AM. Baptism may also be scheduled for Sunday after the 11:30 Mass.
Preparing Children of Catechetical Age for Initiation into the Church
The Rite of Christian Initiation for Children (RCIC) is a process of conversion for children of catechetical age (3rd grade) whose parents wish them to be initiated into the Catholic Church. This process involves regular meetings lead by a designated catechist and usually with other children to learn about the teachings of the Church. These sessions are designed and scheduled based on the needs of families each year and usually culminate with entry into the Church at the Easter Vigil service. Parents must be registered members of the parish or participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This program is also appropriate for older children who were baptized as infants, but who have not continued in their formation and made reconciliation or their first communion.
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