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 1213)
This sacrament is called Baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptizein) means to "plunge" or "immerse"; the "plunge" into the water symbolizes the catechumen's burial into Christ's death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as "a new creature." (1214)
Registered parishioners wishing to have their child baptized at St. Andrew, that have attended a Baptism program, should contact the Parish Office, 831-3353. If this is your first child, please contact Deacon Tim Schutte to begin the Baptism process.
Baptisms can be scheduled during any weekend liturgy or on the second or fourth Sunday of the month after the 11:00 am Mass. There are no scheduled Baptisms during Lent. During the season of Advent, Baptism can be scheduled outside of Mass only.