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What is Holy Baptism?

Our Book of Common Prayer tells us that, "Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ's Body, the Church. The bond which God establishes in Baptism is indissoluble" (p.298)In other words, you are only baptized once. It sums up the biblical teaching that, Holy Baptism is the sacrament by which God adopts us as his children and makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church, and inheritors of the kingdom of God(p.858). At Baptism, we promise to renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior" (p.858).

Since the earliest Christian era, the Church has baptized not only adults, but also the children of those who are active members of the Christian community.  In this case, parents and godparents act as sponsors for a child, making the promises of Baptism on his or her behalf.  In addition, parents and godparents "guarantee that the infants will be brought up within the Church, to know Christ and be able to follow him" (p.859).

Baptisms must be scheduled with completed form TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

 
   Sunday, January 13, 2019 (Baptism or our Lord)

   Saturday, April 20, 2019 (7:30 pm at the Easter Vigil service)
   Sunday, June 9, 2019 (Pentecost)
   Sunday, August 4, 2019 (Transformation)
   Sunday, November 3, 2019 (All Saints)

2019 Baptism application Please contact the church office before filling out & turning in either the online form below or the pdf from this link. Office hours are 8 am-4 pm, M-F, 985-892-3177.

 

Requested Date for Baptism:
(required)
Preferred service time 9am or 11:30am (only service time on Easter Eve is 7:30pm):
(required)
Full name of candidate:
(required)
Gender :
(required)
Date of birth:
(required)
Place of birth:
(required)
Full mailing address - street name & number, city, state, zip:
(required)
Phone numbers - home & each parent's mobile:
(required)
Email address for each parent (if no email, write "none"):
(required)
Both parent's names - first, middle, (maiden), last:
(required)
Faith tradition of each parent:
Godparents or Sponsors (names as they are to appear on certificates):
(required)
Other information :
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