St. Joseph Parish

Springfield, Illinois

 

Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Wed, Sep 20th, @5:15pm
Helping Hands
Wed, Sep 20th, @5:30pm
NO Mass
Thu, Sep 21st, @7:00am
NO Mass
Thu, Sep 21st, @11:00am
Bible Study
Thu, Sep 21st, @5:15pm
Holy Hour of Adoration
Baptism Print E-mail

 baptism

 Through Baptism we enter the community of believers - it is a sign of initiation into the church. The baptism of an infant is not primarily about a decision we have made for God: it is about a decision that God has made for us. At Baptism we celebrate the free gift of grace and salvation.

Since a child is being baptized into a faith community, the presence of a parent already baptized in the Catholic faith is an integral part of the celebration of the sacrament. The life of the infant who is baptized is shaped by the community which accepts and nourishes him or her. The rite opens the way to experiences of the sacred in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. In addition, for those who are present at the baptismal ceremony it is often an opportunity to deepen one's own commitment.

Scheduling your child's baptism

In order to schedule your child's baptism, please contact the Parish Office. Pre-baptismal classes will be arrainged for the parents of those to be baptized. Parents may wish to attend pre-baptismal classes before the birth of their child. It is encouraged to celebrate the baptism of children at Sunday Masses. It is preferable that baptisms not be celebrated during the seasons of Advent and Lent.

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Diocese of Springfield