The origin and foundation of Christian Baptism is Jesus. Before starting his public ministry, Jesus submitted himself to the baptism given by John the Baptist. The waters did not purify him; he cleansed the waters. . . . Jesus did not need to be baptized because he was totally faithful to the will of his Father and free from sin. However, he wanted to show his solidarity with human beings in order to reconcile them to the Father. By commanding his disciples to baptize all nations, he established the means by which people would die to sin – Original and actual – and begin to live a new life with God.
In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ's call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.
Infants & Young Children
Parents who seek baptism for their infant or young child (infant to 6 years old) and the godparents of the child being baptized must attend a baptismal preparation class. The parents or an immediate family member must be a registered member of St. Monica Church. Once parents and godparents have attended preparation, the baptism date will be scheduled. In general, baptisms are scheduled every Saturday outside of Mass and the first Sunday of each month at any of the regularly scheduled Masses.
For more information on Infant Baptism, please contact the Parish Office, 317-253-2193 or [email protected]
Adults & Children over 7 years
Unbaptized adults and children (over the age of 7 years) are prepared for the sacrament of baptism through the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults, also know as the OCIA. To learn more about OCIA, contact Tim Bush, Pastoral Associate in the Parish Office. 317-253-2193
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