“Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Baptism is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Through Baptism, as with the other six Sacraments, we encounter the Living Christ in his passage from death to new life. By this encounter, we are freed from the power of sin and death, become members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and so rise to new life and to a new way of living.
For questions relating to Baptism at St. John the Evangelist, please contact Jan Shaw: 410-964-1425 x312 or email@example.com
- Baptism for Adults
- Baptism for Youth (grades 7-12)
- Baptism for Children (grades 4-6)
- Baptism for Infants through age 8 years
- Baptisms outside St. John’s parish
Baptism for Adults
People who have decided to explore becoming Catholic go through a process called RCIA – The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This process is for those who have never been baptized as well as for some of those baptized into other Christian denominations. We gather regularly throughout the year on Sunday mornings. For more information, please contact Deacon Paul Gifford at firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptism for Youth (grades 7-12)
For more information, please contact Andrea Torres at 410-964-1425 x318 or email@example.com
Baptism for Children (grades 4-6)
RCIA for Children is a process for welcoming children of catechetical age (4th-6th grade) into the Catholic Church. For more information, please contact Consuelo Petro: 410-964-1425 x319 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Baptism for Infants through age 8 years
Congratulations on the birth of your baby! The community of St. John the Evangelist rejoices with you and your family. We are delighted that you have chosen our parish for your child’s Baptism. This is the first step on your child’s journey of faith. Therefore, we are committed to making the celebration of the sacrament of Baptism very special and meaningful for you and your family. We are also committed to helping you in every possible way as you raise your child in our faith.
The Sacrament of Baptism is a public statement of our commitment to become more Christian on a daily basis. Baptism is as much a Sacrament for the parents and faith community as it is for the infant. Since Baptism constitutes only the beginning and foundation of a Christian life, parents, by asking to have their child baptized, are really making a commitment to instruct their children in the Faith.
For all questions relating to Baptism at St. John the Evangelist, please contact Jan Shaw at 410-964-1425 x312. If this is your first child to be baptized, you must attend a Baptism Preparation Class. The class is held on the first Sunday of the month at 12:00pm in room 14 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center. This is an adult-only class, and at least one parent must attend this meeting. Both parents and sponsors are encouraged to attend. Notice: the Baptism Preparation Class is valid for 5 years.
- Please complete the online Baptism registration form or call Jan Shaw at 410-964-1425 x312.
- The Sacrament of Baptism takes place the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 2:00pm.
For special requests (depending on availability of priests/deacons), please contact Jan Shaw at email@example.com or 410-964-1425 x312.
Questions you may have about Baptism
What is Baptism?
“Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church) It is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being Confirmation and the Holy Eucharist. Through Baptism, as with the other six Sacraments, we encounter the Living Christ in his passage from death to new life. By this encounter, we are freed from the power of sin and death, become members of Christ’s Body, the Church, and so rise to new life and to a new way of living.
When should we have our baby baptized?
We encourage parents to present their children for Baptism as soon as is reasonably possible after their birth. Therefore, it is a good idea to contact the parish prior to the baby’s birth so that Baptism can be scheduled in a timely fashion. However, we also realize that situations in life don’t always allow for Baptism to happen shortly after the birth of a child, and we will welcome children or adults of any age who want to be baptized. Baptisms are primarily celebrated on scheduled Sunday afternoons or, if necessary, as scheduling permits.
Who can be godparents?
Godparents should be faithful people who are baptized and confirmed in the Catholic Church. Church law requires that at least one godparent is a full member of the Catholic Church. It is possible for the second godparent to be a member of another Christian Church. If you have questions regarding godparents, please speak to one of the priests or deacon at St. John the Evangelist. When choosing godparents, it is important to consider the responsibility of a godparent, namely, people who will support the parents in bringing this child up in the Catholic Faith and who will be a good role model for this child.
The Day of the Baptism
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the time the service is supposed to begin. Let the priest know you have arrived. St John the Evangelist will provide a white garment (bib) and the Baptism candle.
Is a white dress or suit required?
No. A white garment symbolizes that your child has become a new creation in Christ in the waters of Baptism. Most families have a garment (dress or suit) that they have chosen for their child.
Can we use cameras and videos at Baptism?
Cameras and videos are allowed. However, we ask that the people taking photographs during the Baptism be courteous and not obscure the view of others. Please refrain from taking additional family photos until after the service has ended. The priest or deacon will be available after the ceremony for additional pictures.
What is the usual donation for a Baptism?
Payment is not required to receive a Sacrament. If you choose, you may make a donation to the parish. The check is made payable to “St. John the Evangelist” with “Baptism” written on the memo line. The check can be mailed to St. John the Evangelist at 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia, MD 21044 or pick up a Baptism envelope from the lobby.
Baptisms outside St. John’s parish
If you are registered parish member, but plan to have your child baptized at another church, you must meet the requirements for Baptism at St. John’s. Once these requirements are met, we will send a letter to the parish where the child will be baptized, affirming that you met our requirements and giving permission to have your child baptized outside of your home parish. Please contact the office at 410-964-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address, child’s name, church of Baptism name and address, priest’s name, and the date of Baptism. The letter can be mailed to you or directly to the church of Baptism.