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 a obstacle to the sacrament, but a necessary and normal part of preparing for the reality of “baptism into a parish.” Our belief, here 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 (303.756-3083).
Baptism classes remaining for 2017 are June 10th and October 14 at 10:30 am. Please contact the Parish Office to register.
**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.
Baptism of children 1 year up to age 6
Baptisms of children older than 1 year up to age 6 are celebrated communally outside of mass ( after the 10:45am Sunday mass) quarterly and may include several families with children. This helps to maintain the communal nature of the sacrament.
Baptism of children grade 1 through 12
Canon Law draws a distinction between those small children who are to be baptized and those who are already at an age appropriate to receive the Eucharist. Children whose baptism cannot happen prior to their 7th birthday, are generally expected to celebrate baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the same celebration. For this reason a separate program of preparation is made available here at the parish.
For more information you may contact Suzi Savich at the parish offices (303.756-3083).
Baptism for those over 18
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, you may contact Tony Haas at the parish offices (303.756-3083).