Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit 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." - The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1213
The Baptism of Infants is celebrated during a Saturday Vigil or Sunday Mass once arranged for in consultation with a priest or deacon, except during Advent and Lent, for children of registered parishioners who participate in a program of formation. Godparents are also encouraged to attend this formation if possible. For Baptism Data Register, Selection of Godparents Guide and Godparent Certification forms, click here.
The Baptism of Adults is celebrated at the Easter Vigil after Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of formerly separated brothers and sisters in Christ who have been baptized with water “In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) information form is available by clicking here.
Scriptural support for Baptism is found in both the Old and New Testaments. God’s covenant with Abraham commanded him to "keep" the covenant (Gen. 17:9f., 14) and he was given circumcision as the sign (Gen. 15:8-18; 17:1-14). Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Bible is silent on the practice of infant baptism; however the Book of Acts on several occasions reports the apostles baptized adults and their whole households (16:15, 33 and 18:8). See also I Cor 1:16.