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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 and daughters of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission… (Catechism, 1213)

Because of original sin, we are born without grace in our souls, so there is no way for us to have fellowship with God. Jesus became man to bring us into union with his Father. He said no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is first born of “water and the Spirit” (John 3:5) -this refers to baptism.
Through baptism we are born again, but this time on a spiritual level instead of a physical level. We are washed in the bath of rebirth (Titus 3:5). We are baptized into Christ’s death and therefore share in His Resurrection (Romans 6:3-7). “Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth” by Catholic Answers.

To request a copy of a Baptismal Certificate for any Baptism celebrated at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, please contact the Parish Office. Our parish appreciates a donation of $5.00 – $10.00 for each certificate.

Baptism for Infants (0-6 years old)

Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
Matthew 28: 19-20

Congratulations on choosing to have your child baptized at Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish! We welcome you and hope that this is a holy and happy experience for you and your entire family.

Having your child baptized is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. The Catholic Church has always taught that “Parents are the primary educators in the faith. Together with them, especially in certain cultures, all members of the family play an active part in the education of the younger members.” (General Directory for Catechesis, #255)

Our baptismal preparation is designed to assist you, the parents and your godparents, in raising your child in the Catholic Church.

At Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, baptisms for children are celebrated with the faith community at 1:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month or during Masses on the second weekend of the month.

Special Exceptions during Lent and during the month of November:

  • Baptisms do not take place throughout the Season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday.
  • In the month of November, baptisms take place as usual on the first Sunday of November at 1:00 p.m. Then on the weekend following Thanksgiving, there are Baptisms in all the English Masses.

To inquire about and register for Baptism, please contact:

Yolanda Rivera
770-432-8579 Ext. 100
or via e-mail


Baptism for 1st and 2nd Graders

  • If your child is school age in grades 1 and 2, and has NOT been baptized, please contact Patricia VanBuren at 770-432-8579 Ext. 101 or e-mail pvanburen@stthomastheapostle.org
  • Parents must register for a baptism preparation class
  • Children must attend a baptismal class as well

Baptism for 3rd-8th Graders

  • If your child is school age in grades 3 to 8, and has NOT been baptized, please contact the Religious Education Office at 770-432-5296 or e-mail ssenecal@stthomastheapostle.org
  • Parents must register for a baptism preparation class
  • Children must attend a baptismal class as well

Baptism for Youth (High School Aged Children)

Contact: Youth Minister at 770-432-8579 Ext. 116

Baptism for Adults

Contact: Adult Faith Formation Office at 770-432-8579 Ext. 131
If you are unbaptized or baptized in another Christian faith and are interested in joining the Catholic Church, we invite you to explore the RCIA program at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church.