What is 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 sons 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 word."

For more information, please contact us at the parish offices. For a more detailed look at Catholic understanding of baptism, see the relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church!

Your Child's Baptism

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! because God has truly blessed you.  The birth of a new baby is truly a miraculous event, the fruit of participation in God’s creative plan for His world.  Birth is only one of the miracles you and your new child will experience.

Now, you seek to have your child baptized, another miracle.  Through the waters of baptism, your son or daughter will be reborn as a true child of God, incorporated into Christ's Body, the Church, and become the living temple of the Holy Trinity.  This is no small event, and whenever a child is baptized, it is truly a joyful moment for the whole Church.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.”  (Mt. 19:14)  These words of Jesus encourage us to bring our children forward to him, to give them to him from early on in their lives. 

For parents, the day of baptism is a joyful day.  When your child is baptized, you help to welcome your child into the community of believers. As parents, you are your child’s primary educators.  

As one form of assistance, we offer a Baptism Preparation Program.  This provides a basic understanding of what baptism means in our Catholic faith and help you through the practical preparation for baptism, including a discussion of the ritual of baptism and the role of sponsors. 

New Baptismal Preparation Program

The Parishes here in Brainerd are introducing a new half day retreat format for Baptismal Preparation.  Our first session will be held on June 11th from 9 AM till 1:00 PM at St. Andrew’s. If you are planning to have your child baptized in the next few months, please contact the parish office to register.  We will be using a new program called Reborn and are excited about what it will offer for you as parents and godparents. Here’s a bit more about the program we will be using:

Reborn explores the deeply personal power of Baptism, bringing to light the spiritual reality for parents and godparents and, most importantly, the child being baptized. Rendered with a cinematic beauty that’s become the hallmark of the Augustine Institute’s film productions, Reborn presents the foundation of the Church’s teaching on Baptism, with a step-by-step explanation of the rite itself, including its profound place in Scripture and Tradition.  To learn even more visit the website listed here:

To register for the Baptismal Preparation Program please contact the Parish Office at 218-829-1340 or email

Children are normally baptized on the first and third Sundays of the month after the 8:00 Mass at St. Mathias and 10:00 Mass at St. Andrew’s. The scheduling of the baptism will take place in conjunction with the Baptism Preparation Program..

God bless you as you celebrate the gift of life and seek baptism for your child in the Catholic Church! 

Adult Baptism (See RCIA)

Baptism F.A.Q.

How far ahead must I plan to schedule a date that works for my family? Since we often celebrate the baptisms of several infants at one time, it is not necessary to ‘reserve a date’ very far in advance, provided that the baptismal classes have been completed. I’ve heard that in the case of an emergency, anyone may baptize. Is this true? Yes. In fact, in danger of death, it is not even necessary for the person who baptizes another to be a Christian. What is necessary is that the person baptizes using the formula: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” and that he intends to do what the Church does when she baptizes. It should be noted that if someone is baptized in an emergency situation, the parents or responsible party should inform the parish so that the baptism can be recorded in parish records.

What if my family can only be together at a time other than the regularly scheduled times for baptism? In a case like this, call the parish office and speak with our Pastor to discuss the matter.

Who can be a Godparent? Godparents assist the parents of a child in teaching him or her how to live the Catholic Faith. As such, to be a Godparent one must be Catholic, at least 16 years of age, have received the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist, and fully practice the Catholic Faith. This includes going to Mass weekly and on Holy Days. If there are two Godparents, one is to be a male and one a female per the Code of Canon Law. Additionally, the parent of a child cannot be that child's Godparent (par. 872-874). The Godparent is meant rather to be another hand to assist the parents of the child. A non-Catholic Christian may function as witness to baptism. More details can be discussed at Baptism Prep classes or with a member of the clergy.

What if I am a single parent? Can I still have my child baptized? Yes, of course. We know how difficult it can be to raise a child. The grace of the Sacrament will be of great assistance to your child, whatever the circumstances. The main requirement for baptism is that there is a reasonable hope that the child will be raised in the Catholic faith.

What if I have a question that is not on this FAQ section? Simply call the parish office 829-1340 and we will be happy to assist you.