The Sacrament of Baptism is the foundation of Christian life, the entrance to the life in the Spirit, and access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from original sin, become heirs to the Kingdom of God, are incorporated into the Church, and become sharers in the Mission of the Church.
Infant Baptisms for St. Paul parish families are celebrated on the first and third Sundays at 1:15 p.m. except during Lent. Baptisms during a Sunday Mass are also welcomed and encouraged, prior arrangements must be made and approved through the parish office. Parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Class held on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Center for New Evangelization. Parents are encouraged to attend the preparation class as soon as possible, even before the birth of their child. Parents must also complete and return the Baptism Register Form (download below) with a copy of their child's birth certificate at least one week prior to their baby's baptism.
St. Paul parish encourages all Godparents to attend the Baptism Preparation class prior to the baptism; if possible Godparents should attend the class with the parents. If a Godparent is not a St. Paul parishioner, a letter from their parish is requested validating that they are actively practicing their Catholic faith.
Please call the parish office for more information, to register for the Baptism class, or to schedule a baptism: (410) 465-1670.
Baptisms of adults are arranged through our adult education program, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.