For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Through baptism we are freed from the darkness of our world, we become sons and daughters of God and are embraced into the family of the Church. Baptism removes the guilt and effects of Original Sin and incorporates the baptised into the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ on earth. Catholic families are encouraged to baptise their children soon after birth, however sometimes people are baptised later, or even as adults. Whether we are baptised as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.
Parents must attend an instruction class before baptizing their infant or child under 7 years old. Children who are 7 or older will be instructed as needed.
Instruction classes for parents:
(During the time of Covid-19, instructions are on an individual basis.) Please call Anna at 309-236-0059 for instructions on how to proceed.