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.
The Role of the Community
Baptisms are normally celebrated during Mass. Christian initiation is an ecclesial event - the sacramental act by which the community welcomes others into its life. It's presence and involvement constitute the basic shape of the sacramental sign.
Baptism Preparation for Infants
Preparation for parents, including discussion of the signs, symbols and meaning of baptism, is required prior to the celebration of the Sacrament. To have your child baptized at our parish, please contact the Parish Office.
Baptisms are not scheduled during Advent or Lent.
You must be a registered parishioner for at least three months prior to your baptism date. You must be practicing your faith and/or have a sacramental history with St. Matthew Church. Just as the best way to learn French is to grow up in a French-speaking household, the best way to learn what it means to be a Catholic is to grow up in a "Catholic-speaking" household.
You must attend a Baptism sacrament preparation class before your child's baptism date. Classes are held in the Education room in the rectory at pre-arranged times, generally in the evenings. If your child will be baptized in another parish, but you need proof that you have attended Baptism preparation classes at St. Matthew Church, please contact the rectory for details.
Baptism for Adults
If you are looking for Baptism for an adult or teenager, please call the rectory for assistance in entering the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program.
The Sacrament of Baptism as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.