Baptism is the first Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church and is available to all who believe in Jesus Christ and have received adequate preparation.  Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213)


Baptism Preparation For Baptism of Infants/Young Children

Infants and young children are Baptized based on the faith of their parents, who then have the honor and solemn responsibility of passing on their faith in Jesus Christ to the child through their own teaching and practice of the faith. Baptism preparation for infants and young children is directed toward preparation of the parents. The parish offers a parent seminar once every three months. Baptisms are normally celebrated on the third Sunday of each month at 1:00 PM. To learn more about our Infant Baptism Preparation program please call the Parish Center Main Office for details.


Sacramental Preparation for Older Children (ages 4 - 18)

St. Athanasius Parish understands that due to the many challenges of life, sometimes children may not receive their Sacraments at the "normal" time. Children and teenagers who may have missed the normal time for sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist (First Communion), Reconciliation, and/or Confirmation are welcome to prepare for and receive the Sacraments at any time. Parents are asked to call the Faith Formation office, and a sacramental preparation program will be devised to suit their needs, based upon the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) model adapted for children.  To learn more about Baptism Preparation for Older Children, please contact the Faith Formation Office.


Sacramental Preparation for Adults - Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and/or Reconciliation (Also known as Penance or Confession)

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) process has been designed to provide a relaxed, friendly and deeply spiritual way for un-baptized persons and Non-Catholic Christians to learn more about the Catholic faith, discern if they are called to be come members of the Catholic Church, and if they are called, to receive the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. Sacramental preparation is also available for adult Catholics who may have missed out on preparation for Eucharist, Reconciliation, or Confirmation. To learn more about the RCIA, please call the Faith Formation Office.