Baptism is the sacrament by which the Christian community welcomes new members. At the parish of Saint Anselm, we utilize a process of sacramental preparation consisting of a three-part process, at which the infant to be baptized is always present. The process of baptismal preparation consists of Gathering, and then the Celebration of Baptism, and then Reflecting on the sacramental event at a later, convenient time. At all sessions, the parents, godparents, grandparents, siblings and other family members are welcome to take part in each session. We believe that Christian Initiation is the responsibility of the entire Christian community. "It takes a village...to raise a Christian!"
To schedule a baptism for an infant (birth to 7 years old), use the online registration form. You can begin the registration process at any time during your pregnancy....there is no timeline! We ask that parents requesting baptism be registered in our parish community and that both godparents be fully initiated, practicing Roman Catholics. During the Pandemic, we will baptize children on Saturdays at 11 am, noon, 1 pm, 2 pm or 3 pm, and Sundays at 12:30 pm (after the 11 am Mass). Only one family's child(ren) at a time will be baptized; this is for everyone's health and safety. We do not baptize anyone during the holy season of Lent, because Lent is the season for preparation for Baptisms of both children and adults.
If you have a child over the age of 7 who desires baptism in the Roman Catholic Church, the Church has an initiation process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults for Children, sometimes known as RCIA for Children. The process is normally at least 2 full liturgical years of preparation. Should you require any further assistance, call the Parish Office at 732-493-4411.