The Sacrament of 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.”

 ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church #1213

Celebrating the Sacrament of Baptism at St. Mary:
Infants through Age Six
Baptism for infants and young children are ordinarily scheduled on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month after the 11:30 am Mass. Parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation Class for their first child (of if it has been five years since attending a session) which qualifies them for baptism in the Diocese of Cleveland. You can complete the form below to register for the Baptism Preparation class or call the Parish Office, ext. 221, for more information. You are encouraged to register as parishioners of St. Mary Parish prior to making Baptism arrangements; preference will be given to parishioners if space in a particular class is limited.
Children, Age Seven and Older
Parents of children age seven and older should inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) by contacting Michael Schwark, ext. 254.
Adults wishing to be baptized or become Catholic should inquire about the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) by contacting Michael Schwark, ext. 254.

Click here for the Baptism Policy, revised February 2013.

A Baptism Class should be attended by both parents and parents are asked to attend this class for the Baptism of the 1st child or if it has been more than five years since you attended previously. Classes are offered many times during the year and are held from 1:00-3:00pm on Sundays in the Parish Center, Rooms 104/105. Call the Parish Office (330-653-8118) for the dates of upcoming classes and to register.