“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all.” Ephesians 4:5-6
Baptism is the first sacrament, initiating believers into life with Christ. Through Baptism, a person is freed from all sins, reborn as a child of God and becomes a member of Christ’s Body, the Church. When you come to the Church for the Sacrament of Baptism, you seek the greatest gift you could give your child, the gift Jesus Christ promised his believers; the fullness of life, happiness, eternal life in the communion of God’s love. Baptism is the gateway to sacramental life and grace in the Church. It frees one from sin and fills them with the saving grace of Jesus Christ. The soul filled with grace enlightens the whole person, who becomes a disciple of Christ.
The Church asks that there be a “well founded hope that the child be brought up in the Catholic religion,” and that the parents, the first teachers of their children, “are to be properly instructed in the meaning of this sacrament and the obligations which are attached to it” (Canon 850ff).
Baptisms are celebrated at St. Julia Church on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1:00pm or may be celebrated at St Joseph or St Julia churches during a Sunday Mass. An instruction (catechesis) program is required for parents if this is their first child’s Baptism prior to the scheduled Baptism. It is offered and recommended for all parents. Please arrange the Baptism at least a month in advance where possible.
We realize that for this important sacrament, you may have friends and/or relatives traveling from a distance. In cases with extenuating circumstances we will coordinate individually regarding date/time if needed. Please secure the date and time of Baptism with the parish before booking flights or reserving space for receptions. We are not able to accommodate all requests, especially not with short notice.
You may complete an Online Registration -or- download a Baptism Request Form. Completed hard copy forms may be returned in person or mailed to the Parish Office. Once the form has been received you will be contacted by a staff member to confirm the Baptism date and discuss any needed preparation. Always feel free to contact the Parish Office at (781) 899-2611 for information.