The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). In Baptism, God cleanses a person from all sin and welcomes that person into the Church, the community of Christ’s disciples, so that, through active participation in the life of the Church, the baptized comes to experience the fullness of God’s grace and love.
Adults receive Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, after preparing according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Children are considered adults when they reach the "age of reason", around the age of seven. Children nine and older, therefore, also receive Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, and are prepared according to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, adapted for children (RCIA for Children). For pastoral reasons, children aged eight and younger should be baptized as infants.
Baptism of infants comes when parents and godparents, themselves active and participating members of a parish, ask for the sacrament on behalf of their child. Please click here for a printable list of requirements for the Baptism of Children in the Catholic Church at ICC.
In order that the child’s baptism can be celebrated in a manner worthy of what God does in this sacrament, the parish has established the following guidelines that we ask you to review.