Christ told His disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations and to baptize those who accept the message of the Gospel. For Catholics, the sacrament is not a mere formality; it is the very mark of a Christian, because it brings us into new life in Christ.
Baptism of Adults and Children 7 and Older
: This is taken care of via a year long program called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). The schedule for this follows the school year and the group meets on a weekday evening with a few retreats during the year. For information, please email the Deacon at Pastoral Associate
or call 503.228.8629.
Baptism of Infants and Children 6 and Under
: The primary responsibility of raising a child in the ways of faith rests with the parents. This obligation begins with Baptism and extends all the way into adulthood. Our parish is always happy to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children in the ways of faith. If parents are not able to give this assurance or make this solemn commitment to the Church, they should consider delaying Baptism until they are prepared to make a serious commitment to undertake these responsibilities.
We try to celebrate baptisms here at Saint Michael’s four times a year, although, for special reasons, another time can be possible. Baptism is ordinarily celebrated at one of the four weekend Sunday Masses. Again, for unique reasons, it can also be celebrated outside Mass on a Saturday or Sunday. Please contact the Pastor or Deacon about this.
In order to register your child to be baptized, the following must be completed:
A Request for Baptism Form (available from the Deacon)
A copy of the child's birth certificate
Parents must attend a Baptism Class (not required if they have attended one in the past three years). Classes are scheduled according to your calendar.
Parents should be a registered member of the parish. In the case of nonmembers, we ask for a letter of permission from the pastor of their home parish.
Would you like to know more? Contact the Deacon at 503.228.8629 or email Pastoral Associate for more information.