The Catholic Church believes and teaches that baptism is a sacrament, a recognition of the life of Christ in the child and a welcoming to our faith and this community. Our Baptism Preparation Process at St. James gives your whole family the opportunity to deepen your experience of God working in your lives and of your own commitment to God.
Please make an appointment with Sr. Sophie or Mary Ann in the parish office to start the paperwork.
Baptism preparation classes for St. James Parishioners are held on the fourth Saturday mornings (see schedule) for English and fourth Monday evening for Spanish (see schedule). Parents/Godparents who will be baptizing in another parish or state, must pre-register for the class. The fee is $50.
Baptisms are scheduled on the third Sunday of designated months during the 11 a.m. English Mass or 2:00 p.m. Spanish Mass only. It is important that Baptisms are done within the faith community therefore private baptisms are not available.
As with all sacrament preparation processes, First Reconciliation is separate from and in addition to regular Religious Education classes. First Reconciliation is normally celebrated in the second grade, following one year of prior Catholic Religious Education, usually in the first grade.
Children who are out of sequence (that is, children who have no prior RE in second grade and above) must complete one year of RE the first year and in the second year prepare for First Reconciliation while continuing in their grade level of Religious Education.
If you need further information, please contact Sr. Sophie at the parish office or by email moc.r1529375583etaer1529375583g-sem1529375583ajts@1529375583eihpo1529375583srs1529375583 or Mary Ann at moc.r1529375583etaer1529375583g-sem1529375583ajts@1529375583nnayr1529375583am1529375583.