By Baptism we become members of the Church, the Body of Christ.

In Baptism, the Holy Spirit moves us to answer Christ’s call to holiness. In Baptism, we are asked to walk by the light of Christ and to trust in his wisdom. We are invited to submit our hearts to Christ with ever deeper love.

The Sacrament of Baptism is the foundation for the sacramental life. Baptism frees us from the bondage of original and actual sin. Water is poured in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Parents request baptism for infants and children under the age of 7. Baptism for adults and children 7 years and older takes place at the Easter Vigil through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Baptisms are on the first Sunday of the month. Please call Fr. Mahar at the rectory (401) 831-3503.

Procedures for Having Your Child Baptized
  • Parents are encouraged to contact the rectory three months prior to the birth of their child.
  • Parents are asked to submit a copy of their child’s birth certificate.
  • If the child is adopted, parents are asked to submit the adoption decree, including the name of the court and the date of the order.
  • Godparents must provide a signed and stamped sponsor certificate issued by the parish to which they are registered.
  • Parents and godparents are asked to attend the Baptism Preparation class prior to the baptism.
  • Birth and sponsor certificates must be submitted prior to registering for the Baptism Preparation class.
  • Baptism Preparation classes are offered on the last Sunday of each month. Parents are respectfully asked to register no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled class.
Godparent Requirements
To be a godparent is to be a model and a witness in faith. The following requirements are to be considered when choosing your godparent.
  • Godparents must be at least sixteen years old.
  • Godparents must be baptized Catholics who have received the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.
  • Godparents must be registered and practicing members of a parish for at least three months prior to their selection.
  • If married, they must be married in the Catholic Church.
  • Church law requires at least one godparent. If two, they must be male and female.
  • Godparents can be neither parent nor stepparent to the child.
  • Baptized non-Catholic Christians may serve as a witness to, but not as godparent of, the baptized.