Infant Baptism and Baptism of a Child

Parents or legal guardians are responsible for requesting the Sacrament of Baptism for their infant or child under the age of
reason (usually age 7).  A period of catechetical preparation is required for the parents or guardians of those preparing for
Baptism of their child.

To arrange for baptism, contact Debbie Adams at debbie@sacredheartbg.org.  Baptisms are usually held the first weekend of the month, excluding Advent and Lent.

Consent by at least one biological parent or guardian is the minimum requirement for Baptism. For an infant or child below the age of reason (age 7) to be baptized, at least one practicing Catholic shall agree to raise the child in the practice of the faith.  Parents or legal guardians should be registered members of the parish in which Baptism occurs.  Preparation and celebration of Baptism of infants and children under the age of reason are to be parish-based.  A parent or legal guardian wishing to have a child baptized is expected to attend Mass regularly and must participate in the parish's preparation program.  Parents or guardians must register for the Baptism preparation, have an interview with the pastor or pastoral associate, complete a baptismal registration form, and present the child's birth certificate.  Contact the parish office and we will gladly walk with you through the process.

Note: A person who has reached the age of reason (age 7), is to be prepared for Baptism in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults or Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIA).  Click HERE for more information about RCIA.