Baptism is the first Sacrament of Christian Initiation.
Parents of candidates for Baptism are expected to be registered, participating, contributing members of the parish. First time parents must attend a baptism preparation class before the baptism.
Parents are asked to choose someone to serve as a godparent or sponsor for their child. Godparents play a very important role in your child's spiritual life and should serve as a role model of the faith.
Baptisms are celebrated after weekend Masses. Please contact Emily Lutz at (812) 768-6457 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a baptism.
To look at our baptism guidelines, please click on the link below.
The baptismal preparation class is for all new parents expecting a baby and is required for baptism. Godparents are also welcome to attend. The topic of the class goes beyond the baptism to Catholic parenting and teaching by example. Children's faith education begins at birth with parents as the primary teachers. Our parish community can offer support to the parents in many ways throughout their lives, but it is parents that influence children the most. The class is held every other month on the second Monday at 6:30 pm at the Holy Cross parish center located at 305 E. Walnut Street, Fort Branch.
Upcoming classes: November 13, 2017 January 8, 2018
Please contact the parish office at (812) 768-6457 with any questions or to register.
"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