"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.'" (CCC 1213)
Since Baptism is the foundational sacrament for Christians, St. Thomas Aquinas parish places great emphasis on the preparation for and celebration of this sacrament. All adults who seek baptism are required to attend classes known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Children ages 7-14 who are to be baptized participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Children which takes the form of individual instruction. The Baptism of infants, a traditional practice in the Catholic Church, requires that the parents and Godparents know and understand the nature of the sacrament, the rite itself, and the obligations that they have. First-time parents or those who have not attended a baptism class are required to do so before the baptism of their infant.
These Baptism Preparation Classes are held bi-monthly on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Room.
Baptisms can be scheduled following the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays and the 7:30 a.m. or Noon Masses on Sundays.