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: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." To baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature." (see CCC 1213-1214)
The Sacrament of Baptism is available to persons of any age: infants, children, youth and adults. Youth or adults seeking Baptism can receive further guidance at the RCIA page. For parents interesting in baptizing their infant or young child, please see below or contact Tricia Greely 225-343-6657.
Parents interested in baptizing their young child or infant may review the infant baptism policy and send this baptism registration form to Tricia Greely via email or deliver to the Pastoral Services Center either by hand or in the mail.
Sponsors must be confirmed, practicing Catholics in good standing in the Catholic Church and are required to submit a completed Baptismal Sponsor Certificate signed by a priest in the parish where he/she is registered. Return this form to St. Aloysius by email, mail or fax 225-344-6847.
The remaining Baptisms for 2019-2020 have been canceled due to the quarantine, please check with Tricia Greely for updates.
2019-2020 Baptismal Schedule - - canceled see above
The remaining and previously scheduled Baptismal seminars inside the Gonzaga Hall library for 2019-2020 have been canceled due to the quarantine. Please instead view the online Baptismal seminar.
Baptismal Seminars are free with no registration required and held in the Gonzaga Hall library. Parents and/or Godparents are required to attend a Baptismal Seminar if they have not already done so in the last five years. These seminars are typically held on the first Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the Gonzaga Hall library.