Baptism

Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation within the Catholic Church. Baptism brings a child or adult into the new life promised them by God and creates them anew in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Infants and Children under age 7

Baptism for infants and children under age 7 is typically celebrated at our weekend liturgies.  Parents do have the option to celebrate the baptism outside of Mass at a 1:00 p.m. service on the first Sunday of the month (12:00 noon when we are on our summer Mass schedule). Parents are required to participate in a baptism preparation session taking place in our parish once per quarter.
 
Parents are encouraged to prepare for their child's baptism prior to the birth of their child. To arrange for a baptism and enroll in the preparation session, please contact Fr. Jeff Dauses at 410-974-4366 or email at jdauses@archbalt.org at least 60 days prior to the desired date.

Children age 7 and over

If you have older children who are not baptized, you may be surprised to learn that you are not the only one, and it is not too late.  We welcome you where you are, and respect that God works in God's own time in your life.  The process designed for older children and youth is part of the RCIA.  Since children don't develop in a vacuum, parents actively participate with their children.  We are always ready to work with you and your family.
 
Contact Stephany Crane at 410-974-4366 or scrane@standrewbythebay.org.
 

Adults

Unbaptized adults who wish to become Catholic participate in the RCIA process (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).  It includes the elements of prayer and worship, community, service, and learning about our faith.  We are always ready to welcome you.

Learn more at Becoming Catholic/RCIA.

Contact Stephany Crane at 410-974-4366 or scrane@standrewbythebay.org.