Baptism (for Adults)


Parish Office


Adults preparing for baptism go through a process known as Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).  Persons discerning their call to become Catholic generally attend classes for one year prior to the Easter Vigil.  All adults are baptized at the Easter Vigil, and receive the sacrament of Confirmation immediately after their baptism.  Adults then receive Eucharist for the first time during the same liturgy.


Classes are held on Monday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm in Brendan House (the office building) in the lower level.


Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. It is the sacrament that frees a person from original sin and makes that person a member of Christ and His Church, thus being the way to a new and spiritual life. It is administered by immersing the recipient in water or by pouring water on the person’s head “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. One must be baptized before sharing in any of the other sacraments. Baptism is the foundation for all ministry and life in the church, and confers a commitment to follow Christ and spread his message throughout the world. Furthermore, in baptism, one is incorporated into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and thus participates in the gift of resurrection and eternal life with Christ.

Adults who have never been baptized take part in the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized at the Easter Vigil. The Catholic Church recognizes baptisms from other Christian denominations that baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, a person can only be baptized once.


Questions and Answers about RCIA

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must attend RCIA?
I’m already baptized in another denomination. Do I need to attend RCIA?
I think I was baptized, but am not sure. What kind of information do I need to join RCIA?
I’ve been divorced but am not remarried. Can I become Catholic?
I’ve been divorced and am remarried, and my spouse is divorced and remarried. Can I become Catholic?
What’s the cutoff date for joining RCIA?
How long does RCIA last?
My schedule doesn’t permit me to attend your sessions. What should I do?
I heard I need a sponsor in order to become Catholic. What is that, and how do I get one?
I know who I want my sponsor to be, but that person doesn’t live locally and can’t attend sessions. Can that person still be my sponsor?
I have children. Do you provide child care?
How old should a person be to attend RCIA?
What texts do you use and how do I get them?