“Unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” —John 3:5

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is one of God’s greatest gifts and it is a time for celebration and great joy! In Baptism, we are marked as a child of God and offered the gift of salvation, initiation into the Christian community, and the beginning of life in Jesus Christ. This sacrament of initiation opens the door to the other sacraments, with Eucharist and Confirmation completing the initiation process.

When are Baptism preparation sessions?

In preparation for infant baptism, parents are required to attend one meeting along with their Godparents, if possible, and they are encouraged to fulfill this obligation prior to the birth of their baby.  These sessions are scheduled according to demand.  To attend one of these sessions, please complete the following form below and have your godparent(s) complete their respective form also.  Then contact Greg Henkel at or 740-392-4711 x5 to set up the meeting.

Parent Form


If you are an adult and are interested in being Baptized, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.  The RCIA begins every Fall before Labor Day and adult Baptisms occur at the Easter Vigil.  To register for the RCIA program please contact Greg at  or 740-392-4711 x5 .  For more information on the RCIA process, click here



When do we celebrate Baptisms at St. Vincent de Paul?

Baptisms are celebrated either within any of the weekend Masses or outside of Mass following the Sunday 11:30am Mass.  You may specify which option you prefer at your Baptism Preparatory Session.

“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.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213

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