"Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission..." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1213)
Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation. Baptisms of infants ordinarily may be celebrated during any of the weekend liturgies. Parents of children to be baptized should be registered and practicing Catholics. Parents are expected to participate in the Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information, please contact Carmen Amato in the parish office at 256-534-8459.
Parents are asked to choose someone to serve as godparent or sponsor for their child. Since the sponsor’s role is to assist parents in passing on the faith in which the child is being baptized, parents should choose someone who will take the role seriously and will be a good role model for the child. Church law sets minimum requirements: at least 16 years old, already confirmed, and a practicing Catholic.
See Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)