Baptism

Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: Baptism is a sacrament of regeneration through water in the word." (Catechism 1213) Through baptism, we become part of the royal, priestly people of God, called to holy lives of prayer and service.

Baptism marks the beginning of a child’s participation in the sacramental life of the church. It is a moment where parents make the promise to raise their child in the Catholic faith and continue to give example by their own lives of faith.

The baptismal process aims to help parents prepare for their vocation as primary teachers of the faith. Supported by the involvement of the godparents and our Catholic community, the parents will continue to grow in their understanding of the faith and application of it in their own homes as their family grows.

Preparing for Infant Baptism at St. Bridget

We would be delighted to assist you in preparing for and celebrating your child’s baptism!  Please contact Carla Loucks in the parish office to get a Baptism Welcome Letter containing detailed information regarding the steps and requirements for infant baptism and a Baptism Intake Form to be completed and returned to the parish office, along with your child’s birth certificate.  These can also be scanned and emailed to carla@stbridgetchurch.org.

Parents are also required to participate in a Baptism Preparation Class which we offer multiple times per year. This class includes discussion on the theological significance of baptism, the role of parents and godparents in the faith life of the child, and an overview of the Rite of Baptism. Dates for upcoming classes at St. Bridget’s are: Wednesday - August 7, 2019; Thursday - October 17, 2019; Wednesday - January 8, 2020, Thursday - March 26th, 2020. Classes are held in the Fireside Room from 7-8:30pm. Baptism Preparation Classes are also available at St. Catherine of Siena parish in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle. 2019-20 classes meet on Saturdays from 10-noon on November 9, December 14, February 8, and April 25 in the Benincasa Center. Contact Lauren Bergesen, faithformation@stcatherineparish.net, for details.

Baptisms are usually celebrated during the 9:30am Sunday morning mass, approximately every other month. Dates for upcoming baptisms are: October 27, 2019 and January 12, 2020.

Godparents are asked to complete the Godparent Statement and either attend the Baptism Preparation Class or watch these two videos available on YouTube:  “Understanding Baptism in the Roman Catholic Church,” by Busted Halo and “Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Baptism.”

For more information, contact Carla Loucks at 206-523-8787 or carla@stbridgetchurch.org