The Sacrament of Baptism is the foundation of Christian life, the entrance to the life in the Spirit and access to the other Sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from original sin, become heirs to the Kingdom of God, are incorporated into the Church and become sharers in the Mission of the Church.
Baptisms of infants and young children are celebrated for families who are registered members. Both parents must attend a baptism preparation class if the baptism is for a first child. Classes are held every other month on Saturday mornings. When a child of teachable age is to be baptized, a process of preparation is provided for the child, according to his or her age and ability. Please contact Rosemary Halter, Baptism Coordinator at 740-363-6021. Baptisms are held the second Sunday of every month.
Adult baptism follows the ancient order of the catechumenate. This rite, also referred to as RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) offers a person a period of months to inquire and receive information about the Christian life, while regularly attending community gatherings with others who are likewise interested in joining the Catholic Church. In this community environment, the inquirer is given opportunities to learn the doctrine and faith life of the Church, the meaning of and exercises in prayer, the moral and social positions of Catholics, and study scripture and the sacramental and historical life of the Roman Catholic tradition. Generally, the one who seeks baptism is brought into full membership in the Church at the Easter Vigil, with the local community gathered in prayer and praise. Contact: Paul Stokell, Adult Faith Formation Director and Christian Initiation.