Baptism is the first sacrament and the foundation of all the others. It is the gate that brings us into the Kingdom of God. Jesus himself was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. After his resurrection he told his disciples, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news to all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to observe all the commandments I gave you. Know that I am with you always: yes to the end of time” (Gospel of Matthew chapter 28, verses 19-20).
In our parish at St. John Bosco we have three programs in preparation for baptism.
1. For the baptism of little children we ask parents to come to the parish office to register your child. Bring the birth certificate. We need the names of two Godparents who are Catholic and will help you in transmitting the light of faith to your children. There will be a group meeting of parents and Godparents on the last Thursday of each month. Baptisms are celebrated the second Sunday of the month at the 11:30 am Mass.
2. For the baptism of school aged children who were never baptized, we offer a preparation program on Saturday from the middle of October to the the beginning of February. Students meet at the church on Saturday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. We have baptism on the first Saturday of February. These children will then join other students in preparing for First Communion or Confirmation. This program is called “Rite of Catholic Initiation of Children” or RCIC.
3. For the baptism of adults who were never baptized or for protestants who wish to become Catholic, we offer a longer program from September to April called “Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults” or RCIA. You may call the parish at 780-478-0198 for information and registration.