By Baptism, we become members of the Church,
the Body of Christ.
The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
The Sacrament of Baptism is usually celebrated every Sunday of the month following the 11:00 a.m. Mass in Church. If this is not convenient, please notify the parish office to discuss an alternative time.
For a child to be baptized at St. Francis Borgia, at least one parent must be faithful Catholic. To assure that parents have a full understanding of what it means to have their child baptized into the Catholic faith, they are asked to attend an informational session explaining the meaning and importance of Baptism. This is a one-time class and does not have to be repeated for subsequent children.
Baptism classes are held every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Notre Dame Hall. Contact the parish office at 636-239-6701 to register for class.
Adult baptism is an integral part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The RCIA process provides information and formation to individuals seeking to learn more about the Catholic faith. Non-baptized participants are called Catechumens to identify their status more closely with those seeking Christianity in the early Church. Participants who have been previously baptized into another Christian denomination are called Candidates.
RCIA classes normally begin in September and culminate at the Easter Vigil when the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist (Communion) are administered. Times and dates of classes can be tailored to individual needs as necessary.
For more details, please contact:
Deacon Leon Noelker, Sacramental Ministry | 636-221-1531