"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us" through the work of the Holy Spirit. CCC 1131,774
The whole liturgical life of the Church revolves around the Eucharistic sacrifice and the sacraments. CCC 1113
Baptism Eucharist Confirmation Reconciliation Anointing of the Sick Marriage Holy Orders
SACRAMENTS OF INITIATION
Baptism is the first Sacrament that we receive as Catholics to mark the beginning of our faith journey. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that 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.” Baptism allows one to “put on Christ,” makes us the sons and daughters of God, and members of the Church community.
Baptisms at St. Thomas More Catholic Church are scheduled on a regular basis throughout the Liturgical year. Please note, we do not schedule baptisms during the seasons of Advent and Lent, so please plan accordingly.
There is a preparation period prior to parents having their children baptized. It is required that parents attend the Baptismal Preparation Course which consists of 2 sessions. These sessions discuss our Catholic Faith, our call to have our children baptized, the importance of naming, the role of the Godparents, the symbols at baptism, and the logistics of the baptism ceremony.
A copy of the diocesan Godparent/Sponsor Attestation Form can be attained via the following link:
This form should be filled out by your chosen Godparents and returned to the parish office at least 2 weeks prior to the baptismal ceremony.
The schedule for the 2019 / 2020 Baptismal Preparation classes and Baptismal Ceremonies are as follows:
Contact: Trish Pabis
(434) 237-5911 ext. 211
Baptismal Preparation Classes
Monday, October 7 & 21 6:30-8:30 pm
Monday, January 6 & 13 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Monday, March 9 & 16: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Monday, May 11 & 18: 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Sunday, November 10: 11 am Mass
Saturday, February 1: 10:30 am
Saturday, May 9: 10:30 am