The believer enters through Baptism into communion with Christ's death, is buried with Him, and rises with Him:
"Do you know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptzed into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" - Romans 6:3-3; cf. Colossians 2:12)
The baptized have "put on Christ" (Gal 3:27). Through the Holy Spirit, Baptism is a bath that purifies, justifies, and sanctifies (1 Cor 6:11; 12:13). - Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1227
Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation; the other two are Confirmation and Eucharist. In the waters of Baptism, we become members of the Body of Christ--God's People; we are configured to Jesus Christ the High Priest and share in his prophetic, kingly, and priestly mission; original sin is remitted.
Baptism Preparation for Parents of Children ages up to 1st Grade
Our parish has a two step process designed to help parents understand the sacrament of baptism and to support them in their role of helping their child to fully live the gifts received in baptism.
For the First Step of the process, parents must meet with one of our clergy. To schedule an appointment please contact us or you may call the parish office at (512) 258-1161.
For the Second Step of the process, both parents and godparents attend a Baptism Class. Baptism Classes are held at STM on the first Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Parents can schedule a time to participate in the class during their meeting with a priest or deacon. Baptisms of these children are celebrated each Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
Baptism Preparation for Children Grades 1 to 12
The Religious Education program coordinates the "Older Student Sacrament Program" in the fall and spring of each year. For more information contact us or call the the RE office at (512) 258-1944.
Baptism Preparation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) ministry prepares adults to receive their initiation sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Check out our "Becoming Catholic" page, and for more information about the RCIA process do not hesitate to contact the parish office at 512-258-1161.