The birth of a new child is an exciting time.  As a parent, you desire only what is best for the new life that you have been entrusted with. Below are excerpts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that help to explain the necessary and efficacious nature of this Sacrament.

1213 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 of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

Preparation for the
Sacrament of Baptism

Upcoming Baptism Class Dates:
In order to best serve families, and for planning purposes, please be sure to pre-register and pay the appropriate fee. All questions regarding the Sacrament please contact the Parish Office.

NOTE that this is a 2-part (4 hour) session.
Plan on attending any 2-part Session listed here. Classes take place in the Parish Office Conference Room. (Building located to the left of the main Church Building).

Upcoming Session Dates and Times 

(All are on Mondays)

November 2015 - November 9th & November 16th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

February 2016 - February 8th & Febfuary 15th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm


If there are no pre-registrations, it is assumed that there are no participants for that particular scheduled class. In such instances, the class will not take place.

Registration Process for the Sacrament of Baptism

    • Check made payable to Shrine of St. Therese, memo line Baptism Preparation Class
    • Fee is due at time of pre-registration.
  • Both Parents and Godparents are asked to complete the 2-part course.
  • All classes take place in the Parish Office Conference Room
  • Times: 6:00-8:00 p.m. on two consecutive Monday Evenings. 
  • Once the course is completed, the Certificate of Completion lasts for 3 years.
  • Upon completion of the classes, you are free to call the Parish to complete the steps for completion of the Sacrament of Baptism.
  • Baptism Courses take place four times per year: Pre-Registration is requested.
    • February, May, August, November

Clergy Stipend for Sacrament of Baptism

  • NEW! Clergy Stipend for conferral of the Sacrament of Baptism: $30 made payable to the clergy, directly.
  • Unless otherwise noted, the Sacrament of Baptism is confired by one of the Deacons at the Shrine of St. Therese.

Guidelines for the Sacrament of Baptism

The above guidelines assume that the child is between the ages of newborn to age 7. Once a child has reached the age of 7, they are now concidered as being of the age of reason. Hence, children age 7 and above are to complete additional sessions with their parents to prepare for the Sacrament of Baptism. Please call the Parish Office for further details, we are happy to work with families who genuinely desire the Sacraments fo rtheir children.

Please refer to the Baptismal Preparation and Guidelines for further details.

VI. The Necessity of Baptism
1257 The Lord himself affirms that Baptism is necessary for salvation.He also commands his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all nations and to baptize them. Baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed and who have had the possibility of asking for this sacrament. The Church does not know of any means other than Baptism that assures entry into eternal beatitude; this is why she takes care not to neglect the mission she has received from the Lord to see that all who can be baptized are "reborn of water and the Spirit." God has bound salvation to the sacrament of Baptism, but he himself is not bound by his sacraments.

VII. The Grace of Baptism
1262 The different effects of Baptism are signified by the perceptible elements of the sacramental rite. Immersion in water symbolizes not only death and purification, but also regeneration and renewal. Thus the two principal effects are purification from sins and new birth in the Holy Spirit.
“For the forgiveness of sins . . .”
1263 By Baptism all sins are forgiven, original sin and all personal sins, as well as all punishment for sin. In those who have been reborn nothing remains that would impede their entry into the Kingdom of God, neither Adam's sin, nor personal sin, nor the consequences of sin, the gravest of which is separation from God.
"A new creature"
1266  The Most Holy Trinity gives the baptized sanctifying grace, the grace of justification:
- enabling them to believe in God, to hope in him, and to love him through the theological virtues;
- giving them the power to live and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit through the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
- allowing them to grow in goodness through the moral virtues.
Thus the whole organism of the Christian's supernatural life has its roots in Baptism.
“Incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ”
1267 Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: "Therefore . . . we are members one of another." Baptism incorporates us into the Church. From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.