S. Cecilia Cyford, SSJ
Director of
Religious Education

Jeff Ment
Religious Ed. Assistant





Baptisms are celebrated:

  • On the 3rd Saturday of each month at 12:00 noon in the Main Church (with no Mass). A group of up to 6 children is baptized at this time.


  • On the 2nd Saturday of each month at 12:00 noon in Spanish.


  • Occasionally during the Saturday 4:00 p.m. Mass, the Sunday 12:00 noon Mass, or at a Spanish Mass.


  • There are no baptisms during the season of Lent.





Baptism Resources

Video: Fr. Robert Barron on The Sacrament of Baptism


Slideshow: Preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism


"Why do we need Baptismal classes?"


Catechism of the Catholic Church: Baptism

(or click here for the Catechism in a different format)


Code of Canon Law: Baptism and Sacraments


Signs of God's Love: Regulations and Guidelines for Sacramental Catechesis in the Archdiocese of Baltimore

























Note that only one godparent is required. Two godparents may be selected, in which case there must be one male and one female.


If desired, a baptized Christian of a non-Catholic community may be admitted as a "Christian Witness" to the baptism as long as there is one practicing Catholic for the role of godparent.


"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."  Mathew 28:19


Congratulations on the recent or upcoming birth of your new baby! The parish of Sacred Heart rejoices with you on this wonderful occasion.


Choosing baptism, and new life in the Christian faith, is the best gift that you can give your child! In asking that your child be baptized into the Catholic Church, you, as parents, also take upon yourselves a significant commitment. You will speak on behalf of your child at the baptism, promising to raise and educate your child in the Catholic faith "by your word and example".


We welcome the opportunity to assist you in accepting God's call to be Christian parents and to aid in your preparation for the celebration of your child's baptism.



Why this Sacrament?

Baptism incorporates us into Christ and forms us into God's people. Cleansing us with water by the power of the living word, baptism rescues us from the power of darkness and washes away every stain of sin (original and personal). It makes us sharers in God's own life and his adopted children — a new creation through water and the Holy Spirit. Hence we are called, and are indeed, the children of God! (from "Christian Initiation: General Introduction")


In baptism, a child is claimed by Christ and enters into communion with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The child is also welcomed into the Christian community called "Church" where he or she will grow in the love of God. This is an incredible gift, and for the parents of the child it brings with it a serious responsibility — a lifelong commitment on the part of parents to raise their child in the Catholic faith. Importantly, a decision to baptize a child should be one that comes out of the parents' own profession of faith in Jesus Christ.


Preparing for the Baptism of Your Child

If this is your first child to be baptized at Sacred Heart,
or if it has been more than four years since you last had a child baptized here:

New parents, and parents who haven't had a baptism in a few years, are asked to attend a one-time Baptism Preparation Class. This "class" is an informal discussion to inform and educate parents about the significance of the sacrament of Baptism and to give encouragement about what they will be promising to do as Christian parents (and godparents). We also view a sample Rite of Baptism and answer any questions. Baptism preparation classes are held on the second Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in room #105 (unless there is a holiday — please check the calendar below). There is no sign-up or registration required, and the class is about about an hour and fifteen minutes long. To help you and the presenter focus on the class, it is highly recommended that you find child care during the class time if possible.


If you've had a child baptized at Sacred Heart within the past four years:

For parents who have attended a baptism preparation class and had a child baptized at Sacred Heart within the past few years, attendance at another class is not necessary. Simply contact us to arrange the baptism, or use this online baptism form.


Note: if your child to be baptized is age seven or older, please contact us. If you are interested in baptism for an adult or a child above the age of 15, please click here for details about the RCIA program.


Joining Sacred Heart Parish

Belonging to a parish is one outward sign that parents and godparents are serious about their baptismal commitment and are living the faith according to the teachings of Christ and His Church. Your child will be introduced and welcomed into our faith community at baptism! With that in mind, it would be a shame, and somewhat strange, for a family not to be "part" of that same community.


If you do not belong to the parish yet or have been away from your faith, we warmly encourage you to join Sacred Heart parish, to participate in weekly Mass and the sacramental life of the Church, and to get involved in some of the many groups and ministries that are offered at our parish. With a new child in your family, this is one of the best times to truly reflect on your beliefs and re-commit yourself and your young family to Jesus Christ.


(If you are a member of another parish, we simply need the permission of your pastor, in a letter, in order to perform the baptism here.)





Guidelines for Choosing Godparents

Godparents act as representatives of the Church in welcoming the newly baptized — and more importantly, they act as models of Christian living. They make the baptismal promises and assist the parents in passing on the faith, and they assist the baptized in living out the faith. Choosing godparents is an important decision! We encourage you to prayerfully consider godparents who will be the best Christian role models for your child. You might want to share this inspirational and informative letter about the role of godparents with your chosen godparents so they understand the important roles they are undertaking.


When choosing godparents, please consider that godparents should:

  • Be sixteen years of age or older,

  • Have received the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist),

  • Be practicing Catholics who are living a life in conformity with the Church's teaching, with an active interest in the faith of your child,

  • If not a member of Sacred Heart Parish, contact their home parishes to have a "godparent form" sent to us on their behalf.