The Sacrament of Baptism
For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church's way of celebrating and accepting the embrace of God.
The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of our seven sacraments. It is through Baptism that the stain of original sin, and any other sin, is wiped away and we become new members of the Body of Christ and the Catholic Church. We extend a special welcome to you if you are trying to find out more about Baptism for yourself, or for your child.
If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, please consider The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For information about our RCIA program, please call Deacon Leroy Moore at 410-990-4215, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Baptisms are held at St. Mary’s Church on Sundays at 1:45 P.M. Our Hispanic Baptisms are held on Sundays at St. John Neumann Church at 12:00 P.M.
To arrange to have your child baptized at St. Mary’s, please call the Parish Office at 410-263-2396. To arrange an Hispanic Baptism at St. John Neumann, please call our Hispanic Ministry office at 410-990-4032.
First time parents are required to attend a Baptism Class. These classes are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 6:30–8:00 P.M. at St. John Neumann Church. Call the Parish office to register for a class.
The celebration of all our sacraments are community events and our community is our parish where we live. If you are a Catholic parent living within the boundaries of St. Mary’s, you are welcome to have your child baptized here. If you live in another city, but for family or other reasons would like to have your child baptized here, please address all inquiries to 410-990-4023.
The Sacrament of
First Holy Communion
Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ's Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.
Along with the Sacrament of Baptism, First Holy Communion is one of our three sacraments of initiation. It is through these sacraments of initiation that we become full members of the Church. It is during First Holy Communion that we receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The Holy Eucharist refers to Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity truly present in the consecrated host and wine (now called the Body and Blood of Christ) on the altar. For us as Catholics, there is nothing greater than to receive Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist at Mass. We extend a special greeting to you if you are trying to find out more about First Holy Communion for yourself or your child.
If you are an adult who is seeking more information on First Holy Communion, please consider The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). For information about our RCIA program, please contact Deacon Leroy Moore at email@example.com.
If you are visiting our site because your child is approaching second grade, or a little older; and you want to know the process for your child to receive First Holy Communion, we say welcome! We know what a busy and exciting time this is for your family, and we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith.
Now, you want to know what is necessary for your child to receive First Holy Communion. Below are some of the basic requirements to have your child receive First Holy Communion:
At a minimum, your child must:
- Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church. Basically, they must have been baptized with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
- Have received at least one year of religious education instruction before second grade. If your child is older than second grade, we may require completion of additional instruction that can “catch up” your child’s religious instruction when years were missed. Contact our Office of Faith Formation at 410-990-4225 for more information.
- Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Instruction for this sacrament takes place at the same time as instruction for First Holy Communion.
To find out more about First Holy Communion for your child, please contact our Office of Faith Formation at 410-990-4053.
The Sacrament of Confirmation
The immediate preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation begins with the orientation of the small group leaders and the two parent/candidate orientation meetings in December. The program is then offered to all parish youth entering the tenth grade regardless of the school they attend.
The preparation process is one of intensive faith formation and consists of five small group meetings, a retreat, a service project, an interview with a member of the parish staff, a letter from the candidate to the Bishop explaining the candidate’s desire to be confirmed, as well as a rehearsal for and reception of the Sacrament. For each candidate’s spiritual growth and understanding of the sacrament, the small group meetings and the retreat experience are crucial. This is borne out verbally during the interviews and in writing in the letters to the Bishop, as many candidates reveal very poignantly how they feel ‘closer to God’ as the result of the prayer and service opportunities that are at the heart of the preparation.
In 2015 the twin celebrations will take place on Saturday, March 21. For further information, please call our Coordinator of Confirmation, Colleen Mitsopoulos at 410-990-4063 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org