Thank you for contacting us at Holy Spirit Parish! Nothing brings us greater joy than to welcome new members. We consider it is a privilege to journey with families preparing for this special day.
Since baptism is an initiation into the Christian community, it is typically celebrated during a Mass. Baptisms are available each weekend including Saturdays at 4:30 pm (Kimberly Church) and Sundays at the 7:30 am (Darboy Church) and 9:30 am (Kimberly Church). Certain weekends may not be available due to parish functions or holidays. Exceptions are dealt with on a case by case basis. Please contact the Parish Center to discuss other arrangements if need be.
Families who wish to have their child baptized should be registered parishioners at Holy Spirit. Please contact Leah Ackley at the Parish Center to schedule an appointment to register your child(ren) for baptism in person. At that time we can select a date, and determine if baptism preparation class attendance is required.
Before the celebration of baptism, the church expects parents to be formed in the meaning of the Sacrament as well as its responsibilities (Canon 851). Baptism preparation is central for parents and intended to provide support as they share the faith and practice of the Catholic church with their children. Classes include a discussion of the theology, ritual and symbols of baptism as well as ways to pray and help your child develop a personal relationship with God. Classes are also a unique opportunity for parents to connect with other young families from the Holy Spirit faith community. When choosing Godparents, at least one Godparent must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. Godparents are not required to attend the baptismal prep class, but are welcome to do so. A link to our class schedule is above.
In thanksgiving, parishioners seeking a sacrament or liturgical service from our parish often times use these occasions to gift the church with an offering or a stipend. In general, a gift of $25 is recommended to assist the parish in the work of the Church.