Baptism in the Church
Thank you for inquiring about the Sacrament of Baptism for your new baby or someone that you love, whether child, youth or adult. We are blessed by your presence and your desire to have your family member BELONG to God’s family.
We BELIEVE the Sacrament of Baptism is a gift from God that fills us with His grace and the Holy Spirit, to spiritually strengthen us as we BECOME followers of Christ. Original sin is washed away and our souls are cleaned to enable us to better fight the temptations of sin.
“Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers. It is only within the faith of the Church that each of the faithful can believe. The faith required for Baptism is not a perfect and mature faith, but a beginning that is called to develop.” (CCC #1253)
Baptism Preparation classes will begin August 1, 2021, on Sundays, after the 11:00 am Mass or 12:30 pm. Unless parents have attended a Baptism Preparation class within 3 years for a prior child, parents are expected to attend this one class.
The need for a Catholic Godparent is necessary for Baptism to take place. Once one has registered for the Sacrament on our online form, a staff member will contact you with a form to pass on to the potential Godparent(s).
We are also offering the ability to stream and/or record the Baptism for people who cannot make it physically.
If a family has a specific need, we are able to live stream Baptisms and we are happy to accommodate if we are able.
For more information about having your family member baptized at OLPH, please call the Parish Office, 410-747-4334 or click the buttons below.
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. We become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and
made sharers in her mission. We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism.
As we enter into Phase II COVID Planning in Maryland we are very excited to be able to once again offer the Sacrament of Baptism at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Even if you have reached out in the past, please reach out again since things have changed.
- At this time our baptism classes are not taking place but will plan on the classes at a later date when able.
- The Baptism rite takes place in a way that does not require touching with the need only twice to come close for the Baptism and anointing.
- The need for a Godparent is necessary for the Baptism to take place, which, once signed up the form will be explained and given to the parents to pass on the potential Godparent.
- There is a 1/3 capacity limit, which means around 75 people with the need to spatially distance 6 feet between households.
- Everyone over the age of 2 needs to wear a facemask inside the church.
- Currently, there is one family bathroom for use with the expectation of after each use the person wipes down the surfaces when they are done. The hope is that many will not need the bathroom by planning ahead as much as possible.
- We are also offering the ability to stream and or record the Baptism for people who cannot make it physically.
Click the button to inquire or ask questions regarding your child’s Baptism at OLPH
Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God. We become members of the Body of Christ as we are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission. We can’t wait to welcome your child into the life of Christ and our Church through Baptism. Some helpful tips as you begin to plan: 1- Connect with the parish at least four months prior to desired baptism date to make arrangements; 2- the Sacrament is celebrated on the First and Third Sundays of the month at 1:00 pm; 3- Godparents must be fully initiated Catholics practicing their faith in order to undertake this role.