Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
- Acts 2:38
The Sacrament of Baptism is often called "The door of the Church," because it is the first of the seven Sacraments not only in time, but also in priority. The reception of all other Sacraments depends on it. Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation, the other two being the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Once baptized, a person becomes a member of the Church.
The Role of the Community
Baptisms are normally celebrated during Mass. Christian initiation is an ecclesial event - the sacramental act by which the community welcomes others into its life. It's presence and involvement constitute the basic shape of the sacramental sign.
Baptisms at IHMP
Baptisms take place on the third Saturday of the month, during the 5pm Mass. There are no baptisms during the months of July & August.
We do not offer private baptisms.
It is required that all couples wishing to have their child baptized must attend the baptism preparation class, prior to their child receiving the sacrament.
Baptism Preparation for Infants
At Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, we offer a one-day (usually evening) preparation class, held a few times a year.
The content for the class is provided through an engaging 3-part video series. After each part, we have a discussion on the presented content.
Coffee and snacks are provided. Nursing babies are welcome, unfortunately we are not able to provide childcare for additional, older children.
The cost for the class is $40. Payment is due on the day of the class and can be made by cash or cheque (made out to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish).
Before registering for the baptism preparation class, please visit our Baptism FAQ page.
We are offering classes for 2022 in April & September.
To register, please fill out the class registration form.
Baptism Preparation for Adults
Please visit: Becoming a Catholic
The Sacrament of Baptism as described by Fr. Raphael Mary of the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington.