"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded of you" (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Significance of Baptism
Baptism incorporates us as members of the Body of Christ, gives us adoption as sons and daughters of the Father, and builds us up as temples of the Holy Spirit. It opens us to the grace of Christ and initiates us into the life of the Church.
"The fruit of Baptism, or baptismal grace, is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279).
baptism for infants
First, congratulations! We're excited to celebrate the birth of your little miracle by participating in another miracle: baptism! Group baptisms are normally held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. All baptisms should be scheduled by calling Pat Denend at (206) 732-7355.
In preparing for your child's baptism, please consider the following:
- Parents must be active, registered parishioners of Blessed Sacrament or receive a letter of permission from their parish's pastor
- Not registered? Register online here.
- Parents and godparents are required to attend Baptism Preparation Classes. These classes occur every other month.
- If the godparent does not live locally, he or she may attend Baptism Preparation Classes at their parish and send us proof of attendance and a letter of good standing.
- The Catholic Church allows for two Godparents although only one is required. All Godparents must be confirmed Catholics and active, registered parishioners of their parish. Godparents are making a lifetime commitment to aid the parents of the baptized child. They do this by teaching, modeling and living the Catholic faith in their own lives.
baptism for children (ages 5 and older)
In addition to the requirements listed above under Infant Baptism, if your child is of catechetical age (i.e., the "age of reason"), the child will begin a period of formal instruction in order to prepare for being welcomed into the Church at Easter. Contact Director of Religious Education, Marilyn Thornton, at 206-355-6540 to learn more about the process!
baptism for adults (ages 18+)
Considering baptism as an adult? Wonderful! Those seeking baptism as adults will participate in the RCIA program: the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. This is a wonderful program that prepares adults for entrance into the Catholic Church and other sacraments. Click here to learn more about RCIA.