Baptisms & Confirmations
2017 Baptism Dates
- The Baptism of Our Lord (January 6)
- The Great Vigil of Easter (April 15)
- Pentecost Sunday (June 4)
- All Saints’ Day (November 5)
- Baptisms may also be scheduled at other times; please contact the rector if you need to explore alternate dates.
Please contact the rector at least 4 to 6 weeks before the desired date if you are interested in learning more about baptism, confirmation, or reception. This will allow a time of preparation for the important vows that you are about to take.
All candidates for Holy Baptism, adults as well as children and infants, are to be presented by at least one sponsor. Sponsors, or god-parents, must themselves be baptized and active in St. Mary's church or another church. Sponsors need not be Episcopalians; but, they must be practicing Christians. It is appropriate for parents to serve as sponsors for their children. Parents wishing to have a child baptized at St. Mary's should themselves be faithful to the promises they make on behalf of the child they present for baptism, by being active in the parish, or indicate a willingness to become active in the church. (These promises may be found on pages 302 and 303 in The Book of Common Prayer.)
While many candidates for baptism today are infants or young children, the Episcopal Church also baptizes adults who express a desire to be baptized. Adult candidates for baptism receive instruction in the Christian faith and are presented by sponsors.
Baptized members of other churches or those with no previous church affiliation, who wish to become Episcopalians, are invited to contact the rector for information about preparing for Confirmation, a rite celebrated by the bishop, usually in the Easter season. Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians, who have previously been confirmed by a bishop, are received into the Episcopal Church by the Bishop. Those who wish to be received by the Bishop should speak with the Rector about preparation.