Baptism

The theology of the Catholic Church reminds us that we are baptized into a parish. As children, we are therefore, baptized into our parent’s parish. We recognize that in a culture of drive-thrus and instant messaging, many people often want to “drop in” to a community and just have a quick baptism, but here at MPB we hold to the communal theology of sacraments.

For this reason, we do ask that at least one parent be an established member of this parish in order to plan for a child’s baptism here. An established member is anyone who has been registered as a member for at least 8 months and participates regularly in the life of the parish. This is not meant to be an obstacle to the sacrament but a necessary and normal part of preparing for the reality of “baptism into a parish.” Our belief at MPB is that we should not initiate our children into a community to which we ourselves do not belong in a meaningful way.

To learn more, to register for a baptismal class or to schedule an upcoming celebration, please contact the Parish offices at 303.756.3083.

Upcoming Baptism Preparation Classes

August 28, 2022: in-person, immediately following the 10:45am Mass

For more information and to register, please contact the Parish Office. (303.756.3083)/receptionist@mpbdenver.org

Please be aware that our baptismal weekends are often fully scheduled anywhere from 5-7 months out from any given month.

At Most Precious Blood Infant Baptisms (those 12 months and under) are celebrated with our faith community during Mass on the second full (Saturday and Sunday) weekend of the month at 4:30 pm on Saturday and at the 9:00 am and 10:45 am and 5:30 pm Masses on Sunday. Please note that no Baptism will be held during the Season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday.

Baptisms of children older than 1 year up to age 6 are celebrated communally outside of mass (preceding the 4:30 pm Saturday mass) quarterly. In an effort to maintain the communal nature of the sacrament, these celebrations may include several families with children.

Children not baptized prior to their 7th birthday will be fully initiated into the church, celebrating the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist in the same celebration. For families with children over the age of 7 who are not yet baptized and are looking to begin the faith formation and sacramental preparation process, please contact Kristen Kraus, a member of the Faith Formation Team, at kkraus@mpbdenver.org.

Those who are over 18 and seek to be baptized in the Church, do so through the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). This is a combined formation program that seeks to connect individuals to the parish community while simultaneously teaching them the basic of our Catholic faith and preparing them to receive not only Baptism, but Confirmation and Eucharist as well (normally celebrated together at the Annual Easter Vigil).

For those who wish to know more about becoming Catholic, please contact Tony Haas at the parish offices (303.756.3083).

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The first of the seven sacraments, and the “door” which gives access to the other sacraments. Baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins because it unites us with Christ, who died for our sins and rose for our justification. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist constitute the “sacraments of initiation” by which a believer receives the remission of original and personal sin, begins a new life in Christ and the Holy Spirit, and is incorporated into the Church, the Body of Christ.

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Katharine Montemurri

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