What a joy it is to experience the gift of new life that God gives to His people. Immediately the mystery of God’s love is revealed in the mystery of His creative power which He allows Christian parents to share. St. Joan of Arc Parish rejoices with all parents beholding this tremendous gift.
Please be advised that each godparent will be required to submit a Sponsor Eligibility Certificate prior to the parents receiving a date for their child’s baptism.
Parents of children to be baptized, who have not recently attended a baptism preparation session for parents, are required to view a video on the Sacrament of Baptism, which will be provided by the Parish Office.
Baptisms take place at 1:00 PM on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: “Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word.” This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize means to “plunge” or “immerse”; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as “a new creature.” This sacrament is also called “the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one “can enter the kingdom of God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213-1215)