Infant Baptism (0 – 6 Years Old)
We are excited to be a part of your child’s relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through the Sacrament of Baptism! It is always a joyful experience for us to welcome a new Christian into the Church and into our parish community. Through baptism, your child will be adopted into God’s family, receive the grace of salvation won for us by Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection, and have life in the Holy Spirit. As the doorway into God’s Church, Baptism enables your child to grow in holiness by receiving the other Sacraments as they mature.
✔ Is your child 6 years old or younger?
✔ Have the parents of the child attended a Baptismal Preparation class?
✔ Are the parents of the child registered parishioners of St Anthony of Padua?
If you can answer YES to all the questions above, you may be ready to request the Sacrament of Baptism for your child. Register to attend a Baptism Preparation class where you will receive a Baptism Packet which contains the necessary forms and information.
Let us know if you need any assistance with the registration process. If you prefer, we are happy to set up an appointment to meet in person to guide you through the steps or answer any questions you may have about infant baptism.
God bless you and your family!
RCIA for Children (7-18 years old)
Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Children. If your child is 7-years-old through 12th grade and needs to be baptized, they will be placed in our wonderful program, RCIA for Children. We require that the child attends at least one year of Faith Formation prior to entering into their year of RCIA for Children. If your child has not had any formation up to this point, please enroll them in a year of Faith Formation. If your child has completed a year of faith formation, please email Diane Czerniak to receive the Registration link.
AGE 7 THROUGH 8TH GRADE – RCIA for Children participants attend the 9:00am Mass on Sundays. During Mass they are dismissed after the homily (around 9:30) for Breaking Open the Word (BOW). After Breaking Open the Word, they attend their weekly RCIA for Children session until 11:15am.
9TH THROUGH 12TH GRADE – If your child is in High School and going through RCIA for Children, they attend the Teen Confirmation Program, which meets on Wednesday Nights, instead of the Sunday morning classes.
All of the children and teens will receive Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil Mass.
RCIA/Initiation (18+ years old)
Are you thinking about becoming a Catholic Christian? Do you want to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of your life? This is the first step in a lifelong journey of discipleship! This is the Catholic Church’s process to bring people, through study, spiritual growth and community, into the heart of teh Kingdom of Heaven. Formally, it is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), which is our formation process for adults who desire to follow Jesus Christ and be a member of His Catholic Church.
WHO SHOULD JOIN?
Those who are interested in learning more about Catholicism and are interested in converting, please fill out the registration form, and we will set up an appointment to meet with you. After the interview, we will determine which class is the best path to help you receive your sacraments.
Did you receive your sacraments here at St. Anthony’s? Are you in need of a re-issuance of one of your Certificates? If you need a new certificate, please submit an online Certificate Request Form.
Please note – only Parents, Legal Guardians or the person themselves can request to have their certificate re-issued. Photo ID is required to retrieve any certificates. Please allow 5 business days to process the request.