The Waters of Baptism
“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 children 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 world”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, no 1213)
What is Baptism?
Our parish family rejoices in the birth of your children, and we applaud you for participating with God in bringing new Life into His World! It is a sign that we are growing in numbers, holiness, and reverence.
Baptism is the gateway to the rest of the Sacraments of the Church. It is the first of the Initiation Sacraments. As such, ensuring that families are properly disposed to introduce their child(ren) to a Sacramental Life is of primary importance.
Baptism at St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish:
Requesting that your baby be Baptized here is about your family joining our parish family. It’s not just a one-time event. Parents wishing to have their child(ren) Baptized here, must be registered, regularly attend Mass, and actively support the parish (either with Envelopes or online) for at least 3 months. Anonymous contributions are not verifiable, so it is strongly recommended that you obtain and use Church Envelopes or register for electronic giving with eGiving
If you are currently not registered you may do so by visiting http://www.montclaircatholics.org/parish-registration-form/
Parents are required to attend a Baptismal Preparation Class prior to the child’s baptism. Baptisms are normally celebrated on select days and Baptismal Preparation Sessions are held on select Thursday evenings and Saturday Mornings. Individual, ‘private’ Baptism dates cannot be accommodated.
A meeting with one of the priests is required before a date can be confirmed. Baptisms are normally celebrated on the last Saturday of the month at 11.30am.
Please contact the Parish office at (973) 744-5650 or ParishOffice@MontclairCatholics.org for further details.