BAPTISM

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.

INFANT BAPTISM

Parents, your family has experienced great joy at the birth of your child, and the church shares your happiness. St. Aloysius offers Baptisms outside of the mass as well as during the mass. The baptisms outside of the mass are normally scheduled on Saturdays between 8:00 AM and 2:30 PM. Baptisms during the mass are scheduled once a month on a designated weekend during the 4:30 vigil mass and on Sunday during the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM masses.  Click here to check the baptisms during the mass schedule.  To schedule a baptism, please contact Tricia Greely, Director of Children Formation at

225-343-6656 or tgreely@stalousiusparish.com.

 

Parents interested in baptizing their young child or infant may review the infant baptism policy and send this

Baptismal Information Form to Tricia Greely via email or deliver to the Pastoral Services Center either by hand or in the mail.

 The Catholic Church only requires one Official Sponsor (Godparent) to serve at the baptism. If two are chosen, one must be male and the other female. The role of the godmother and godfather is to help the parents in their duty of raising the child in the Catholic Faith, keeping God’s commandments, and loving Jesus and his neighbor.                        

 

Godparents must (1) have Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church; (2) if married, the Sacrament of Marriage [i.e. married by Catholic priest or deacon in a Catholic Church, or married with a Dispensation from Canonical Form]

(3) regularly attending Mass on Sundays & Holy Days of Obligation & able to receive Holy Communion in a state of grace,

(4) be at least 16 years of age, and (5) and not be the biological parent, adoptive parent or step-parent. 

 

St. Aloysius requires godparents who are not registered in St. Aloysius Parish to print the Sponsor Eligibility Form and bring the form to their pastor to sign stating they meet all the qualifications to serve as the godparent. Their church can fax the form back to St. Aloysius.

Schedule a Baptism

Baptisms may be scheduled Outside of the Mass or Within the Mass during our Sunday Liturgies.

If you are interested in scheduling a Baptism during the Mass, please see the Baptism Mass Schedule. and complete the Baptismal Information Form

 

To schedule a Baptism Outside of the Mass, please contact Tricia Greely, Director of Children Formation, at 225 343-6657 or at tgreely@staloysiusparish.com who will assist you in scheduling it.

Baptismal Seminar