Baptism is the sacrament of rebirth by which one becomes a member of the church and a new being in Christ.
BAPTISM FOR INFANTS
Members of Prince of Peace are encouraged to have their children baptized here. Those who are members of another faith community or those who are currently not registered in any community should arrange for a visit with one of our priests. At least one of the parents must be an active Catholic who is committed to raising the child in a Catholic environment.
The Baptism classes are held every other month on Thursdays, starting at 7:00 PM. Since childcare is not provided during the classes, parents are encouraged to schedule the classes prior to the birth of their child. If there are older children, parents are strongly encouraged to arrange childcare for them.
If parents have attended other Baptism Preparation Classes recently, the decision for any additional preparation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Godparents must ordinarily be a practicing Catholic, at least 16 years old and must have celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. If married, the marriage should be within the norms of the Catholic church. Godparents are strongly encouraged to attend a Baptism preparation class wherever they live. The classes give them an opportunity to update their understanding of the sacrament of Baptism and to more fully understand their responsibilities as godparents.
Baptisms take place several weekends during the month. There are no Baptisms during Lent.
The requirements for scheduling a baptism at Prince of Peace:
Must be a registered parishioner in our parish or have permission of your pastor if you are coming from another parish.
Attend a baptism preparation class or have attended a class within past 5 years.
Submit a copy of child's birth certificate.
Provide a sponsor letter from the church where the godparent is registered.
We ask that paperwork be submitted two weeks prior to the scheduled baptism.
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN
Children up to the age of reason (typically around age seven), may be baptized without any prior preparation at the parents' request. Children age seven and older who have not been baptized are eligible to join Kid Cat, which is the Children's Catechumenate, where they are prepared for full initiation into the Church.
For more information on this process, please visit our Becoming Catholic for Children page.
BAPTISM FOR ADULTS
Rite of Christian Initiation
RCIA is the normal way in which adults and children of school age become full, active participating members of the Catholic Church. Children and teens follow a process similar to the adults but adapted for their own peer group.
The process to become Catholic involves 4 phases:
Phase I - Precatechumenate
Begin attending Sunday morning precatechumenate sessions beginning in the fall of 2017 at 9:30 am, in Las Mercedes. During this time, the discussion centers around how God communicates with us in the Scriptures, what changes need to be made in our lives to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Church means. These sessions provide time to ask questions about the Catholic faith. There is never any pressure to become Catholic.
Phase 2 - Catechumenate
Attend 9:30 am Mass on Sunday mornings, followed by doctrinal sessions to develop a deepening awareness of the responsibilities of Baptism as lived out in the Catholic community. It is a time of nurturing, growth in faith, and conversion through Catholic beliefs and doctrine. This phase will introduce the uniquely Catholic ways of approaching the Word of God and of Catholic teaching accommodated to the liturgical year.
Phase 3 - Purification and Enlightenment
The days of Lent are the final period of purification and enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. This phase is a time of prayer, study, and interior reflection leading up to the Easter Vigil, as well as joining in our faith community’s practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
Phase 4 - Mystagogia
This is a period of time to reflect on the experiences of the Easter Vigil and continue to learn more about Scripture and the teachings of the Church.
This is also an opportunity to reflect on how to serve Christ and help in the Church’s mission and outreach activities.
Prince of Peace offers a 9 week program for those who have been baptized in another Christian faith (with water and in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), have been attending Mass regularly with family or friends, and are involved in the community.