please contact  Jane Dreyer, Pastor's Assistant, for information about baptisms. 

The sacrament of baptism ushers us into the divine life, cleanses us from sin, and initiates us as members of the Christian community. It is the foundation for the sacramental life. 

Requirements for Baptism at St. Gabriel

Approval from your pastor is required to have your child baptized at St Gabriel Catholic Church.

All godparents must present a letter from their pastor stating they are actively practicing the Catholic Faith.  No non-Catholic can be a godparent for the Sacrament of Baptism.

Infant Baptism 

To have a child baptized at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, parents must meet the requirements above and attend a baptism preparation class.

  • Baptism classes are held in English on the second Saturday of the month at 10:00 am in the Chapel.  This class is designed for first-time parents who have not had another child baptized.  
  • Baptism classes are held in Spanish on the second Sunday of the month from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Ministry Center.  Parents and godparents are required to attend this class.  Advance registration for the Spanish baptism and the baptism class is required, in person, at the front desk on the 3rd floor of the Ministry Center, where you will be given information on the upcoming class and baptism dates.  Please register for the baptism class 6 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired baptism date.  In addition, please bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.  

Baptisms are scheduled on Saturdays at 12:00 pm Noon and on Sundays at 1:45 pm.  

Baptism of Older Children 

  • Children under the age of 7 can be baptized at the request of parents (please see requirements above).
  • Children over the age of 7 must attend 2 years of Faith Formation classes prior to the baptism. 

Children must be baptized prior to receiving 1st Reconciliation and 1st Eucharist.

Adult Baptism 

The Catholic Church traditionally recognizes all baptisms performed by other Christian denominations. Unbaptized adults who wish to receive the sacrament of baptism at St. Gabriel Catholic Church should contact Director of Religious Education, Susan Krasniewski, by email.  See more information about adult baptism on our RCIA - Becoming Catholic webpage.

The Sacrament of Baptism

"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).

The sacrament of baptism is often performed on infants, shortly after birth. Adult baptisms take place at the Easter Vigil through the restored Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Adults or children who have been baptized in a valid Christian church are not baptized again in the Catholic church. As we say in the Nicene Creed, “I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins…”

Baptismal Symbols

  • Water – The waters of baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.
  • Oil – At baptism we are anointed into the life of Christ as “priest, prophet and king.” A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as a reminder that we are inheritors of the Kingdom of God.
  • Light – The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.
  • White garment – The white garment that is placed upon us at baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection. Likewise, the white garment or pall that is placed over the coffin at the time of death recalls our baptismal promises and reminds us that we are destined for eternal life.

While in ordinary circumstances, sacraments in the Catholic Church are administered validly by a member of the ordained clergy, in an emergency situation, the sacrament of baptism can be administered by anyone.

In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he have the intention of doing that which the Church does and provided that he pour water on the candidates head while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (CCC 1284).


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