Baptism

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

- Acts 2:38

The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven Sacraments not only in time, but also in priority. The reception of all other Sacraments depends on it. Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.

Baptism Preparation Classes are held on the first Thursday and third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  Call the Rectory at least one month before the desired date.

Who may have the Baptism at St. Elizabeth?

- Catholics living within the parish boundaries registered or not.
- Catholics living outside the parish boundaries, if they are registered in the parish.
- Catholics living outside the parish boundaries MUST have some connection with the parish. However, they must obtain permission from their parish of residence to have the Baptism here.  It is a matter of courtesy between parishes.

For infants and children up to six (6) years of age:

Parents of the child are responsible:

- To contact the office

- To make and keep the appointment

- To provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate

 - To provide $100.00 to cover the cost of the supplies

- To attend a preparation class

 To see that the primary godparents (sponsors) attend a preparation class

Classes are held the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month (By appointment)

For children ages six (6) years up to fourteen (14) of age:

Parents of the child are responsible:

- To Register the child in the School of Religion in this parish or another parish/or in a Catholic School.

- To participate in the preparation, which involves them and the child over a period of time, no less than six months.

- To provide a copy of the child’s birth certificate and any other papers required.

- To see that the primary godparents (sponsors) attend a preparation class.

Classes are held the first Thursday and third Thursday of the month.(By appointment)

For youngsters fourteen (14) years up to eighteen (18) of age:

Parents with the youngster are responsible to contact the office;

- To provide a copy of the youngster’s birth certificate.

-To enroll the youngster in a catechetical program here or in another parish.

- To participate in the preparation over a period of time no less than six months or longer if the individual is to receive the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist together.

For persons eighteen years (18) or older, the individual is responsible to contact the parish office for information regarding the RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).

The Sacrament of Baptism as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.