"The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus.  Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist.  The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters.

In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love (US Conference of Catholic Bishops)."

Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. 

Baptisms at St. John Neumann

Baptism Preparation is grounded in the belief that marriage and family are foundation stones of the Catholic Church's growth and strength. The growth begins at Baptism and the strength comes through parents committed to passing on their Catholic faith. Baptism is only the beginning of a lifelong commitment; not a one day ceremony. To assure the sacrament is celebrated in full knowledge and acceptance of the serious responsibilities incurred by parents and godparents, Saint John Neumann, like all Catholic parishes, requires parent and godparent formation before the celebration of the sacrament.

Steps of Parent and Godparent Preparation

Families must be registered and participating in the Parish for at least 3 months before attending the required preparation class. Expectant parents are encouraged to attend class before the birth of their child.

Step 1: Attend Baptismal Preparation Classes

Step 2Schedule an interview with our pastor, Fr. Walter Lewis

Step 3: Scheduling the Baptism

Step 4: On The Day of the Baptism

What is covered in the Baptism preparation class?

The class consists of:

For older children or adults please see the information on the RCIA program