The parish family of Our Lady of Grace is excited to help you in bringing your child into the Catholic faith, We congratulate you and are here to support you in any way we can. Below you will find general information about the Sacrament of Baptism that we hope will be helpful in preparing for the Baptism of your child. We have also prepared a Sacred Steps to Baptism Guide that includes more information and a checklist to assist you in planning for your child's Baptism.
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a beginning. It is the first of three Sacraments of Initiation in which a child is incorporated into Christ, becoming a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Baptism is just the beginning of the lifelong journey of faith.
Baptisms at Our Lady of Grace
Baptism is a communal event and is typically celebrated on weekends during a regularly scheduled Mass; however, they can occur outside of Mass. They are normally celebrated in the parish of the infant’s parents by one of their parish priests. Please note that Baptisms are not celebrated during the season of Lent, i.e., from Ash Wednesday until the Easter Vigil.
In order to schedule your child’s Baptism, please contact the parish office at 724-838-9480 or complete the Baptism Request Form. Because preparation may be needed, parents should contact the parish approximately two months prior to their baby’s due date. The parish staff will begin to help you plan the Baptism. The date of Baptism should be fixed at least one month in advance of the desired date.
Is there any preparation required?
First-time parents and typically those who last had a child baptized five or more years ago are expected to participate in an infant Baptism preparation sessions. The session is approximately one hour long. Once you have contacted the office to request Baptism, you will be provided with a schedule of upcoming prep sessions. It includes a descriptions about the meaning of Baptism, the signs and symbols used in the Rite of Baptism, and conversation about the responsibilities of parents and godparents in teaching the faith. Both parents are expected to attend.
COVID NOTE: Due to COVID-19, first time parents will take an online prep course at their own pace. Currently, no in person preparation sessions are taking place.
Parents are assisted in their preparation and in raising their child in the faith by godparents. For help in choosing Godparents please click here.