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.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church §1213)
"Since the earliest times, Baptism has been administered to children, for it is a grace and a gift of God that does not presuppose any human merit; children are baptized in the faith of the Church. Entry into Christian life gives access to true freedom. " CCC § 1282
Baptism for children birth through age 6:
The Church beckons all its members to bring their children for Baptism. In order assure the parents understand the symbols and actions of the Rite, and what their role is as Christian parents, St. Gabriel’s has a mandatory preparation session for parents. Godparents are also welcome, but not required. The session is generally held on the first Thursday of the month.
Baptism sponsor(s) (Godparents) must be fully initiated Roman Catholics, (baptized, confirmed and receiving the Eucharist), who are at least sixteen years of age. A baptized non-Catholic may be chosen as a Christian witness provided there is at least one Catholic godparent. St. Gabriel does require a letter in good standing from the sponsor’s parish of registration. This letter must be received no less than two weeks prior to the child’s Baptism.
Your first step is to call the parish office at 480-595-0883 to register for the Baptism preparation session. You will be asked for pertinent information, such as parent’s names, date of birth of the child (if already born), and name(s) of sponsors, if known. You will be required to bring the child’s birth certificate prior to the Baptism. This is so we can assure all data is correct for the parish record, which is a legal document. Baptisms of children under the age of 7 are generally celebrated with Deacon Bill Clower at noon, the second Sunday of the month. If you would like to request another time, make your request known to the parish office, who will assure someone is available for the date you wish.
Click here if you would like to read the Diocese of Phoenix policy on the Sacrament of Baptism for Infants. Please contact the parish office at 480-595-0883 if you have any further questions about the Sacrament of Baptism for Infants.
Baptism of persons age 7 or older:
The Church considers age 7 the age of reason, meaning that at that age the difference between right and wrong is discernable by the child. For that reason, children over age 7, along with adults, are baptized through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) process. Please contact our Director of Christian Formation at the parish office for more information, and/or to register for that process.