Baptism for Babies

Parents requesting baptism of infants and children to the age of five should be practicing Roman Catholics and registered members of the parish who regularly attend Mass at St. Veronica’s. They should contact the parish a minimum of two months before the desired date of baptism.

The pastor will schedule an initial meeting with the parent(s) at which time information will be taken. A baptism preparation class is required for the parents and the godparents of the child. Children over the age of six who are not baptized must be enrolled in the CCD classes and prepare for First Communion.

"The fruit of Baptism...is a rich reality that includes forgiveness of original sin and all personal sins, birth into the new life by which man becomes an adoptive son of the Father, a member of Christ, and a temple of the Holy Spirit. By this very fact the person baptized is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ, and made a sharer in the priesthood of Christ"

— Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1279

Baptismal Symbols

Water

The waters of Baptism recall Jesus’ own baptism by John the Baptist in the river Jordan. Water is a symbol of cleansing and renewal as we begin a new life in Christ. We are washed clean of sin.

Light

The baptismal candle is lit from the Paschal or Easter candle that stands in the church as a sign of Christ’s light in the world. At Baptism, we receive the light of Christ and are called forth to share this light with the world.

Oil

At Baptism, we are anointed into the life of Christ as "priest, prophet and king." A cross is traced on the candidate’s forehead as are reminder that we are heirs of the Kingdom of God.

White Garment

The white garment that is placed upon us at Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s victory over death and his glorious resurrection.